Changing the color of text is a good way of calling attention to important words and phrases. When I want to highlight specific text, I typically change it from black to blue. If you frequently change text to a specific color, you can create a toolbar button that will do just that. For example, if you’re like me and usually use blue font, you can create a color button called ‘Blue’ that when clicked, changes selected text to blue.

To create a toolbar button in Word 2002 to change the font color:

  1. From the Tools menu, click Customize. 
  2. Click the Commands tab.
  3. Under the list of Categories, click All Commands.
  4. Under the list of Commands, click Color.
  5. Click the drop down arrow beside the color field to choose the color you want to use.
  6. Now, click the Color option again from the Commands list and while holding down the mouse button, drag it onto a toolbar.
  7. Click Close.

When you want to change the color text, simply highlight the text and click the new Color toolbar button.