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Fixing Font Clipping in Microsoft Word
  • By Design Bundles
  • 24 Oct 2016
  • 4 Mins
  • Beginner
  • Font Tutorials

Fixing Font Clipping in Microsoft Word

Learn how to fix font clipping issues in Microsoft Word in only 2 Steps with this quick tutorial.

With glyphs in Microsoft Word, you may find that the bottom and top of letters are being cut off. This is known as Font Clipping and can happen when using fancy styled glyphs. In this tutorial we show you a quick and simple solution to fix the problem.

We will be using this script typeface font called Lovely Melissa. If you would like to use another font, have a look at the Modern Calligraphy fonts that we have available.



Before carrying on, make sure that you have downloaded and installed your fonts to your PC or Mac.

Step 1 - Type out your Text

Once you have opened Microsoft Word, type out your text and add your glyphs. We have a helpful tutorial on accessing glyphs using the Lovely Melissa Font if needed.

As you can see, the top and bottom of the glyph for the letter “A” has been cut off in Microsoft Word.

Font Glyph cut off Microsoft WordStep 2 - Edit the Line Height

To fix this, starting with the bottom clipped edge, we need to adjust the Line Height. This can be found in the Line and Paragraph Spacing section top toolbar. You can select a number to adjust the height. Some fonts will need a higher value than others.

Adjust Line Height for Font glyphs

If you want to add a value, click on the Line Spacing Options under the Line and Paragraph Spacing icon. Then adjust the At: value bottom right.

Input value for line height Microsoft Word

To edit the Line Height for the top of the glyph, click on the Line Spacing Options. Adjust the Spacing Before to a higher value then click on OK to see the changes. If clipping is still visible, change the values again and click OK.

If you find that your glyph is still clipping at the bottom, input a higher value in the Spacing After box.

Adjust Spacing for top and bottom glyphs

The font glyphs should now be fully visible without any clipping, cropping or cutting.

Font clipping fixed in Microsoft Word

As quick as that the clipping issues have been resolved. Now you know to fix the issue of Microsoft Word cutting off the bottom and top of letters. Font clipping can be very annoying. So we hope that this quick guide has been helpful in maximizing your time.

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