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13 point font size

by gsaylawyer / April 25, 2004 2:33 AM PDT

I am an appellate lawyer. After struggling for years with the problem of attorneys attempting, by use of smaller font sizes and proportionately spaced fonts, to "cheat" on page limits for briefs and motion papers, commencing about five years ago many courts began imposing minimum font size requirements. (Another way some courts deal with this is to require "word counts.") Most courts that have font size requirements specify, for proportionately spaced fonts, a minimum font size of 13 pts.

For better or worse, WORD has for several years (if not more) been by far the leadng word processing program in use at law firms. Perhaps this should not be the case, but it has consistently astonished me that at least through Office XP -- I have not yet checked Office 2003 -- Microsoft has NOT included a 13 pt option on the "format font" drop-down menu. Thus, if one wants or has to use 13 pt, one has to type the number 13 in the font size box. (I assume one could also create a "style" with a 13 pt font as the defaulit font. I have never figured out styles, and do not intend to start to now.)

I have been told by several individuals who ought to know that there is no way to add 13 pt to the font format list of pt size options. Is this true? And is Microsoft simply clueless?

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Re:13 point font size
by JethroUK / April 25, 2004 3:37 AM PDT
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if it's lot trouble typing '13' in font size & you use it a lot - create a 13 pt template (.dot file) - if you [only, ever] use 13pt, then save it over the default template ( - crisis averted

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Re: 13 point font size
by ChuckT / April 29, 2004 4:34 PM PDT
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There is a keyboard command to enlarge or shrink the selected font up or down one step in font size.

The command most people may know about is (having the selected text high-lighted) then press
"CTRL <" for font smaller one step, and
"CTRL >" for font larger one step.

However, one step is typically down or up just the even numbers beyond font size 12. So the sizes go ...,7,8,9,10,11,12,14,16... etc.
After size 28, then it starts jumping to 36, 48, 72.
Notice that it jumps over the 13 point size!!

But, there is another command,
"CTRL [" for the next font size smaller, and
"CTRL ]" for the next font size larger.

These commands actually do go through all the sizes, no jumping over any of the sizes.

You might like that as a possible solution.

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Re:Re: 13 point font size
by JethroUK / May 5, 2004 7:02 PM PDT
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nice tip

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Re:13 point font size
by Kees Bakker / May 5, 2004 7:28 PM PDT
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No need, by the way, to use styles.

It's quite possible to make a profile (like, call it, say) which has 13 points Arial as default font, and use that for this type of legal documents.

If you don't want to use styles, and don't want to use use profiles, you might be better off with a more simple text processor.


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