Bold, Italics, Underline, and Format Painter

Format text to improve Word documents. Learn how to use the Format Painter, as well as bold, underline, and italics.

Using the Bold, Italics, and Underline features

To give you more options, Word lets you display text as bold, italicized, or underlined, regardless of the font and font size you choose.

Formatting tools on formatting toolbar.

To change the type style of text:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • Choose one or more of the following, depending on how you want your text to look:
    • Click the Bold button on the Formatting toolbar (Ctrl+B).
    • Click the Italic button on the Formatting toolbar (Ctrl+I).
    • Click the Underline button on the Formatting toolbar (Ctrl+U).
  • Word automatically displays your changes.

To avoid frustration, remember to select text before you apply style. If you choose a type style without selecting text, Word uses your chosen styles on whatever text you type next.