Formatting Text - Part 2

To use the Bold, Italic, and Underline commands:


The Bold, Italic, and Underline commands can be used to help draw attention to important words or phrases.

  1. Select the text you wish to modify.


  1. On the Home tab, click the Bold (B), Italic (I), or Underline (U) command in the Font group. In our example, we'll click Bold.


  1. The selected text will be modified in the document.


To change the text case:


When you need to quickly change text case, you can use the Change Case command instead of deleting and retyping text.

  1. Select the text you wish to modify.


  1. On the Home tab, click the Change Case command in the Font group.
  2. A drop-down menu will appear. Select the desired case option from the menu.


  1. The text case will be changed in the document.


To change text alignment:


By default, Word aligns text to the left margin in new documents. However, there may be times when you want to adjust text alignment to the center or right. 

  1. Select the text you wish to modify.
  2. On the Home tab, select one of the four alignment options from the Paragraph group.




Align Text Left: Aligns all selected text to the left margin. The Align Text Left command is the most common alignment and is selected by default when a new document is created.





You can use Word's convenient Set as Default feature to save all of the formatting changes you've made and automatically apply them to new documents. To learn how to do this, read our article on Changing Your Default Settings in Word.




Sometimes you may find that you need to add a symbol to your text, such as the Copyright symbol, ©. Word offers a large collection of symbols for currency, languages, mathematics, and more.


To insert a symbol:

  1. Place the insertion point in the location where you want to insert a symbol.


  1. On the Insert tab, click the Symbol drop-down arrow. A menu of symbols will appear.
  2. Select the desired symbol.


  1. The symbol will appear in your document.


If you don't see the symbol you're looking for, click More Symbols... to open the Symbol dialog box. Locate and select the desired symbol, then click Insert.