Have you ever read a paper written by someone with a ton of run on sentences? Punctuation signals the stops and the tone you need when you’re reading, and without them, the entire piece would fall apart and seem like gibberish.

When you’re typing a document, the punctuation is the same size as the font you chose. For visual or meeting length requirements, you might want the punctuation to be bigger. The readability of the text and the perception of the information provided depend on the formatting of any student paper. This is especially true when writing an essay. Therefore, it is so important to always pay enough attention not only to the content but also to the correct format of the text. If you want to make specifically the periods bigger in your document, there are two solutions. One of the solutions is manual and the other is using “Find and Replace.”

Making the Periods Bigger Manually

1. Highlight the period in the document that you want to download. To highlight it, click on it with your touchpad or mouse, and drag the cursor over the period. It should be highlighted grey.

2. Once the period is highlighted, right click on it to bring up a menu.

3. When the menu appears, you should see the font option at the top of it. Find the numbers and click on the downward triangle to the right of it. The drop- down menu should be revealed.

4. Select a number on the font list that’s larger than the one you currently have. Only the font for the period will increase.

Making Periods Bigger Using Find and Replace

1. In the upper right corner of the screen, click on the option that says “Replace.” A window will appear in the middle of the screen.

2. In the window, place a period in both of the boxes at the top of the window labeled “Format” and “Replace With.”

3. Now, at the bottom of the screen, click on the option that says “Format.” At the bottom of window, you’ll see a small menu emerge.

4. On the menu, select “Font.”

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5. In the new menu, look for the option at the top of the screen that says “Size.” Underneath that option, select a number that’s bigger than the font you’re currently using.

6. Then, select “OK” at the bottom of the screen.

7. Now that you’re back on the original window, select “Replace All” so that all the periods in the document will now be the size that you chose.

If it’s done correctly, you should see a window with the number of replacements made pop up.

Usually, the larger period isn’t too noticeable if it’s slightly larger than the font around it.