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How to Format Text in Word 2007

Word 2007 lets you format text either while you are typing or after you’ve finished typing. With the first technique, you choose a text-formatting command first, and then type the text. All the text you type is formatted as chosen.

For more complex formatting, it's better to type the text first, go back, mark the text as a block, and then apply the formatting. This technique works best when you’re busy with a thought and need to return and format the text later.

Format text while you type

  1. Type some text:

    And we all had a

  2. Activate formatting.

    For example, press Ctrl+I to activate italic text, press Ctrl+B to activate bold text, or press Ctrl+U to activate underline text.

  3. Type a word:

    horribly

  4. Deactivate formatting.

    In this example, you would press Ctrl+I again, to turn off italic.

  5. Continue typing:

    awful time.

The final sentence shows your formatting:

And we all had a horribly awful time.

Format text after you type

  1. 1. Type your text.

    And we all had a horribly awful time.

  2. Select the text you want to format.

    In this case, you want to italicize the word “horribly.”

  3. Apply formatting.

    For example, press Ctrl+I for italic text, press Ctrl+B for bold text, or press Ctrl+U for underline text.

The final sentence shows your formatting:

And we all had a horribly awful time.
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