Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Changing the Look of Text
Here’s a rundown of the different text effects (not all these effects are
available in PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, and Outlook):
✦ Strikethrough and double strikethrough: By convention, strikethrough
is used to show where passages are struck from a contract or other
important document. Double strikethrough, for all I know, is used to
shows where passages are struck out forcefully. Use these text effects to
demonstrate ideas that you reject.
✦ Subscript: A subscripted letter is lowered in the text. In this chemical
formula, the 2 is lowered to show that two atoms of hydrogen are needed
along with one atom of oxygen to form a molecule of water: H 2 O. (Press
✦ Superscript: A superscripted letter or number is one that is raised in the
text. Superscript is used in mathematical and scientific formulas, in
ordinal numbers (1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd ), and to mark footnotes. In the theory of
relativity, the 2 is superscripted: E = mc 2 . (Press Ctrl+Shift+plus sign.)
✦ Small Caps: A small cap is a small capital letter. You can find many
creative uses for small caps. An all-small-cap title looks elegant. Be sure to
type lowercase letters in order to create small caps. Type an uppercase
letter, and Office refuses to turn it into a small cap. Not all fonts can
produce small capital letters.
✦ All Caps: The All Caps text effect merely capitalizes all letters. Use it in
styles to make sure that you enter text in all capital letters.
✦ Equalize Character Height (PowerPoint only): This effect makes all
characters the same height and stretches the characters in text. You can
use it to produce interesting effects in text box announcements.
You can choose among 17 ways to underline text, with styles ranging from
Words Only to Wavy Line, and you can select a color for the underline in
Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. If you decide to underline titles, do it
consistently. To underline text, select the text that you want to underline, go to
the Home tab, and pick your poison:
✦ On the Home tab, click the Underline button. A single line runs under all
the words you selected. In Word, you can open the drop-down list on
the Underline button and choose from several ways to underline text.
✦ Click the Font group button to open the Font dialog box (refer to Figure
2-3) and then choose an underline style from the drop-down list. You
can also choose an underline color from the Underline Color drop-down
list (in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook). The color you select applies to
the underline, not to the words being underlined.
To remove an underline from text, select the text and then click the
Underline button on the Home tab.