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Mon, Sep. 19th, 2005, 10:35 pm
symmys: Shouldn't changing font size be fast&easy in a word processor (or, what am I missing?)

Why is there no quick key command for changing font size in OpenOffice and AbiWord? Or is there and I am just missing it? (Is there a simple key command in MS Word?). I can't count the number of times I select a chunk of text from the keyboard, type C-e to center it, C-b or C-i to make it look heading-like, and then pause as I realize I have to go through the menus (Alt-E... Alt-F.... where do I go...) or pick up a mouse to change the size.

The obvious choice is Control-Plus to increase the font-size of the selection and Control-Minus to decrease it. What surprises me is that this doesn't seem to exist yet. Isn't this as basic (if not more basic) than centering, changing spacing, italicizing, or bolding... all of which have easy-to-remember, quick keystrokes?

Maybe I should dig into AbiWord's code and see if I can't figure out how to add this... of course, AbiWord doesn't work well enough with Word Templates &c. to work as my main word processor yet, but it still has more hope of being a solid, usable part of GNOME than OpenOffice seems to.

P.S. A google search found me the Shift Control P command for changing font size in Word. This works in OpenOffice as well. The problem -- in OO at least it simply toggles between a size much smaller than the current size and the current size. I also have no idea what Shift Control P is a mnemonic for, but perhaps that's being overly picky...

Fri, Sep. 23rd, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)

I filed bug reports on this with both OO and Abiword, which led to the embarassing discovery that abiword in fact already has a shortcut (though it's not "discoverable"): Control-< and Control-> adjust the font-size, (in the opposite directions from what I'd expect, but I can't complain -- it is, just as I'd imagined, wonderful to quickly adjust the size of selected text).