Formatting Text

When working in Word XP formatting text doesn't require much. Just follow the steps to take in this free lesson.

Bold, Italics, and Underline

Any text you type in Word can be further customized by using the bold, italicized, and underlined options. You can even do a combination of all three options!

To change the type style of text:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • Choose one or more of the following options (to stress emphasis, you might want to use the Bold option):
    • 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.

Font Options

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

Font names

To select a font, you can scroll through the font list, which shows you all of the fonts available on the computer you're using.

As you scroll through the many different font names, take notice of fonts that have TT beside their name. These TrueType fonts will look the same on both the computer screen and when you print them on paper.