Again, title says it all.

On a normal Mac keyboard, shortcuts for font increase/decrease are:

SHIFT CMD < - decrease SHIFT CMD > - increase

However, on a laptop keyboard the latter doesn't work. I just can't reach the ">" key while CMD pressed. Turn on the keyboard viewer and see for yourself.

I press SHIFT, the "<" turns to ">", so far so good... but once i press CMD (while still holding SHIFT), it goes back to "<" so I can only decrease font size, but not increase.

These shortcuts are speeding up the workflow tremendously, I wan't 'em! :-)

Any suggestions? Thanx...

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    What language keyboard are you using? – Tom Gewecke Nov 18 '13 at 12:57
  • Seems you cant actually customize microsoft word in OSx. This is quite brutal. – Andreas Ährlund Oct 10 '17 at 8:29

Microsoft Word for Mac 2019 now has built-in shortcuts for this:

⌘ Command+] increases the font size by one step

⌘ Command+[ decreases the font size by one step

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    Yes, these work in 2019, thanx! – Martin Mar 18 at 4:01
  • @Martin Feel free to mark this as accepted if you feel like it's a nicer solution than your own answer :) – ruohola Jul 17 at 20:52

OK, I've found the answer. You can assign keyboard shortcuts to any Word 2011 command. Go to Tools, then Customize Keyboard. Choose Format category. Find GrowFont and assign a keyboard shortcut to it. Find ShrinkFont and assign a keyboard shortcut to it.

I assigned CMD+SHIFT+Arrow keys (up to grow, down to shrink).

They make no conflicts to me, and they are Word only.

These two single keyboard shortcuts make worlds of difference when editing docs.

  • Increase the font size: -+
  • Decrease the font size: --
  • CMD+ "+" changes to superscript, are you using custom shortcuts? – Andrei Nov 12 '15 at 11:17

Ctrl+[ increases the font size by one point.

Ctrl+] decreases the font size by one point.


Increase the font size : COMMAND + SHIFT + >

Decrease the font size : COMMAND + SHIFT + <

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    This is exactly what the OP said didn't work. – Tetsujin Jun 25 '15 at 15:34
  • Its working for me. You can refer: support.office.com/en-ca/article/… – Shashank Jain Jun 26 '15 at 7:22
  • 'Working for me' really doesn't help the OP at all. It adds nothing. – Tetsujin Jun 26 '15 at 7:24
  • This worked fine on my 2012 Macbook Pro with Word 15.33. – StilesCrisis Jul 24 '17 at 8:00
  • Now in Word 2019 you go to Tools - Customize Keyboard i assign whatever you want. It's no big deal any more :-) – Martin Mar 18 at 4:09

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