Homeschooling moms who visit my handwriting printables often ask me if I know of a cursive font or a program that can be used to make handwriting practice sheets. The question varies, but this is what I usually tell the moms who write.
A cursive font named schoolscriptdashed has lines built into it and the letters connect well. It is pictured above in the small image. As of this writing, this font is available free from this web page: http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=602&page=2 If this link ever breaks, someone please leave a comment here to inform me. I will speak more on using lined fonts in a moment. Or visit donnayoung.org at: SchoolScriptDashed and SS Left Hand
Using the Font
Now about that schoolscriptdashed font – you will notice that the font site I linked above has several lined fonts, but I am only going to briefly speak about schoolscriptdashed.
Before you can use the font, you will need to download, extract, and install it. If you do not know how to install fonts, open a search engine and type, “install fonts” to search for instructions. Once the font is installed, open your word processor.
Choose the font from the list of fonts and start typing. You will notice that spaces do not have lines. To make lined spaces or to make blank lined paper, type using the “” key.
This is where I might lose you. Next, you will need to Format the font. In your word processor program, go to the Format menu. It should have Font in the list, select it.
The image shown is from Microsoft Word 2002. I have circled in red the parts you might need to adjust. Format your font’s Size and Color. If you have other types of effects, play with them to see if any are useful to you. I have outline selected in the image and that makes the font hollow. Once you find the right settings for your practice sheets, take note of them so this will be quicker next time. 😉
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Some have asked me how I make the handwriting sheets that are at donnayoung.org. How I made those worksheets is a different process than what is explained above.