Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Italic has replaced underlining as the preferred text-emphasis format. Italicized text is light and
wispy, poetic and free.
Underline text by pressing Ctrl+U or clicking the Underline command button. You can
click the down arrow next to the Underline command button to choose from a variety of underline
styles or set an underline color.
Underline is what they use at the DMV when they’re feeling saucy.
Strike through text by clicking the Strikethrough command button. (There’s no keyboard
shortcut for this one.)
I don’t know why strikethrough text made it to the Font group. If I were king of Microsoft, I would
have put small caps up there instead. But who am I? Strikethrough is commonly used in legal
documents, when you mean to say something but then
think of something better
Make text subscript by pressing Ctrl+= (equal sign) or clicking the Subscript command
Subscript text appears below the baseline, such as the 2 in H 2 O. Again, I’m puzzled about how this
formatting command ranks up there with bold and italic. I suppose that there’s a lot of subscripting
going on somewhere.
Make text superscript by pressing Ctrl+Shift+= (equal sign) or clicking the Superscript
Superscript text appears above the line, such as the 10 in 2 10 .
More text formats are available in Word, such as small caps, outline, and shadow. You can access
them from the Font dialog box. Refer to the section “Fun with the Font Dialog Box,” later in this
Basic character formatting affects only selected text or any new text you type.
To turn off a text attribute, use the command again. For example, press Ctrl+I to type in italic.
Then press Ctrl+I again to return to normal text.