Formatting Text

Format text to improve Word documents. Learn how to change the font, change font size, change font color, and change text alignment.

To use the bold, italic, and underline commands:

  1. Select the text you want to modify.
  2. Click the Bold, Italic, or Underline command in the Font group on the Home tab.
    Making text bold Making text bold

To change text case:

  1. Select the text you want to modify.
  2. Click the Change Case command in the Font group on the Home tab.
  3. Select the desired case option from the list.
    Changing the text case Changing the text case

To change text alignment:

  1. Select the text you want to modify.
  2. Select one of the four alignment options from the Paragraph group on the Home tab.
    • Align Text Left: Aligns all selected text to the left margin
    • Center: Aligns text an equal distance from the left and right margins
    • Align Text Right: Aligns all selected text to the right margin
    • Justify: Aligns text equally on both sides and lines up equally to the right and left margins; used by many newspapers and magazines
     The four alignment options

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.