Using OpenType functions

Word offers advanced formatting features such as changing the ligature type or choosing a different style set. These new features can be used with any OpenType font (a font that uses a font file that is unique to Windows and Macintosh) and can create, for example, interesting heading effects.

Select the text and make sure the font is an OpenType font.

In the Font list on the Home tab, the images/ic006R.png symbol is displayed to the left of OpenType fonts.

In the Home tab, click the images/13i10.png button in the Font group then click the Advanced tab.

If you want to collocate different character couples (such as f and i, f and l or t and h) in one single character to create a more readable or attractive text, open the Ligatures list and click an option.


Standard Only: improves text readability.

Standard and Contextual: improves text readability by optimizing the space between characters.

Historical and Discretionary: ligatures are designed decoratively.

All: applies all ligature types.


No ligature type is applied to the first line, while the Standard and Contextual ligatures are applied to the text in the second line.

Choose the way numbers should be spaced using the Number spacing list.

Proportional: numbers are considered to have varying widths (the number 1 is narrower than the number 5).

Tabular: numbers are considered to have the same width so that they align vertically for better readability.


Select the number form you want from the Number forms list:

Lining: the same height is applied to all digits in a number and every digit is aligned from ...