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 color

The use of color can add emphasis to your words and make your document easier to read.

If you want to print a color copy of your document, you must have a color printer. Otherwise, your colors display as shades of gray.

To change the color of text:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • If necessary, click the downward-pointing arrows to the right of the Highlighting button on the Formatting toolbar. A color palette appears.
  • Click the color you want to apply.
  • Word changes the color of your text.

Word text color palette.