Friday, January 27, 2017

MS Word questions asked that are not about MS Word

A great many question get asked relating to but are not always directly about MS Word.

1. “What is the best cursive font in Microsoft Word?”
2. “What style of font is the smallest in Microsoft Word?”
3. “Is there a calligraphy font for Microsoft Word?”

These are three recent great questions. This post will be about the first question.

Question 1. What is the best cursive font in Microsoft Word?

Cursive is a style of penmanship.

Font, many define font as a particular size, weight, and style of typeface.

The classification of typeface family that has a look of handwritten-cursive or hand-printed or hand-lettered is Script. 

Of Script typeface designs many are of a similar appearance to handwritten-cursive, and are sub categorized as Flowing Script. Great variation exists within the Script and Flowing Script classification.

Microsoft Word is at its core a word processing application. It can display your text files using any font installed on your computer. So if you have Edwardian Script or Flemish Script typeface fonts installed on your computer you get a very uniform appearance (see two samples below). These type sample blocks are created not with MS Word but using Adobe Illustrator.

Edwardian Script
Flemish script


Many other flowing script typeface families are available so you can achieve a very formal, or light & elegant, or a bit rougher handwritten look such as Baker Script (below)

In just these three samples you can see variation exists, and each has it own type color or visual texture and each a different legibility and readability.

To find a look like a handwritten cursive letter, I would suggest you focus your typeface research on typefaces under the Script Classification to begin. 
A list of a couple dozen Flowing Script typefaces not yet mentioned you might consider to look at and research the following:
















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