The normal popular fonts, like Times New Roman and Arial, are easiest to read, and that includes when they are small. I don t think you can make your font too small without the teacher noticing, though. Since 12 is standard, you can probably pull off moving down to 10, but if you go any smaller, it will be quite obvious. One thing you can do is use a variation of the common Arial font called Arial Narrow (commonly available for download if your computer doesn t already have it). I know from experience that it doesn t look very different, but it saves quite a bit of space. In fact, I just did an experiment in my Word program. I wrote a sentence which is 21 characters long (with spaces), and I wrote it first in Arial 12 pt. According to the page rule, it took up 1.5". By changing it to Arial Narrow, and reducing the size to 10 pt., I got it down to 1". That s exactly the proportion of room you need--you need to go from 1.5 pages to 1 page, so try that first. After that, if you still need room, you should probably adjust your margins slightly. Make all your margins, which are generally 1" just slightly smaller--it s generally safe to remove 1/4" from each side (that s 1/2" total across the page, and not terribly noticeable), and reduce your top and bottom margins by 1/2" each, for an extra vertical inch. That is, of course, if your margins aren t specified in the instructions. If that still doesn t get you there, you will need to edit your paper. You can probably do that with a minimum of deletion simply by changing word choices and removing superfluous words, like extra adjectives and adverbs, which are generally the first thing to get jettisoned when a paper needs to be shortened. Look at all your words, and figure out if you can find a synonym which is shorter. For example, the sentence, "They used an immense amount of money to finance their war machine," can be slightly altered to, "They used a great deal of money to finance their war effort." That didn t change the meaning at all, and while it doesn t sound quite as elegant, it does save 7 characters (with spaces) total. You can change "money" to "funds" and save one more. A further saving can be found if you change "a great deal" to simply "a lot", which saves another 7 characters. So, if you write "They used a lot of funds to finance their war effort," you re down to 52 characters, which is a big help. By simply doing that, you can probably cut your paper significantly, and you haven t deleted anything, other than changing some words around. Try all those tricks, and see if they get your paper down to where it needs to be.If it doesn t, the changing of some words should. Good luck!