How to Use Character Formats in Word 2007 - dummies

How to Use Character Formats in Word 2007

By Dan Gookin

You can apply different formatting, such as bold and italic, to improve the look of your text in Word 2007. The Font group on the Home tab lists the most common character formats.


Keep in mind that character formatting affects only selected text or any new text you type.


  • To make text bold, press Ctrl+B or click the Bold button. Use bold to make text stand out on a page — for titles and captions.


  • To make text italic, press Ctrl+I or click the Italic button. Italic is useful for emphasizing text.


  • Underline text by pressing Ctrl+U or clicking the Underline button.


  • Strike through text by clicking the Strikethrough button. (There’s no keyboard shortcut for this one.) Strikethrough is common in legal stuff, and when you mean to say something but then change your mind, and think of something better to say.


  • Make text subscript by pressing Ctrl+= (equal) or clicking the Subscript button. Subscript text appears below the line, such as the 2 in H2O.


  • Make text superscript by pressing Ctrl+Shift+= (equal) or clicking the Superscript button. Superscript text appears above the line, such as the 10 in 210. Note that the command is written as Ctrl++ (plus), but it’s really Ctrl+Shift+=. If you can remember that Ctrl+= is subscript, just press the Shift key to get Ctrl+Shift+= for superscript.

    Access more formats through the Font dialog box.
    Access more formats through the Font dialog box.

More text formats are available in Word, such as small caps, outline, and shadow. These can be accessed through the Font dialog box (press Ctrl+D).

You can mix and match character formats. For example, press Ctrl+B and then Ctrl+I for bold and italic text.

To turn off a text attribute, use the command again. For example, press Ctrl+I to type something in italic. Then press Ctrl+I again to return to normal text.