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How to improve the appearance of your handwriting font


You may find that your handwriting font does not look as good on-screen as other 'printed type' fonts. This is because there are less perfect horizontal and vertical lines. If you increase the point size of your font (usually it is a number in a box after the font name in the application you are using) it should improve the appearance.

Using 'ClearType'

'Clear Type' is a way that Microsoft improves the appearance of fonts when rendered on a screen. 'ClearType' should be turned on by default in Windows 10 and 11, but if you want to check search 'Adjust ClearType text' in the Windows search box.

On paper

Your handwriting font will look great when printed on paper. Here are some ways to make it look even better:

Printing and Colour

Use your best printer settings and change the colour of the text to blue. This gives more of a handwritten look.

Everyone should have their own handwriting in the font menu...

Font Size

Change the point size of your font so that the printed letters are about the same size as your actual handwriting. You may need to experiment a few times by changing the size and printing out a test page to get this just right. (If you purchase a custom made font you will be told the best size to use).

Did you know? In most software you don't have to make do with the font size selections offered in the drop down menu. Type any size (including decimal sizes such as 11.5) in the font size window to accurately change the font size to exactly what you want.

Line Spacing

Example of a handwriting font with overlapping lines

Another way to improve the realistic effect of your handwriting font is to overlap the lines, as many writers do when writing naturally. In Microsoft Word for example, you have good control over the level of line overlap from the Paragraph menu.

How to open the Paragraph menu in Microsoft Word:

Paragraph menu showing line spacing button These instructions use Microsoft Word 365 as an example. If you have problems finding the settings in your version of Word we suggest you conduct a search for how to do this in the version that you have.

Click on the 'Home' tab and in the Paragraph menu select the line spacing button (arrowed on diagram). Then click on 'Line Spacing Options'.

You will then see a window similar to that shown below:

Microsoft Word paragraph options window

In the 'Spacing' section, in the 'Line spacing' options, change the Line spacing to 'Exactly' using the drop down box and experiment with different point sizes until it recreates the amount of line overlap that your handwriting normally exhibits.

When you view the text on screen whilst adjusting the line spacing, many versions of Microsoft Word show that the top and bottom parts of the characters have been 'chopped off' - even in 'Print Preview'. Don't worry - try a print-out of your document and you will see that this effect disappears, and you will be amazed at how much more realistic the handwriting font looks.

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