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EMPHASISING YOUR TEXT

As well as setting the style and underlining of text through the Format menu and Font window you can also use the icons on the Word toolbar.  Highlight the text you want to emphasise and click on the appropriate icon or icons (e.g. if you want text bold and underlined) to obtain the desired effect.  If text has already been emphasised (e.g. bold) you can remove this by highlighting it and clicking the appropriate icon to turn that emphasising off.  If you have not highlighted any text and click an emphasising icon the new formatting will be applied to any new text you type.  The icons available are shown below: 

Bold

Italic

Underline

You can also access these functions by clicking on the Format drop-down menu and choosing Font.  See the section on changing typeface for an example of this.

If Word's AutoCorrect is set to use the AutoFormat As You Type facility then you can use the * and _ characters to format your text by typing them around the text you want formatted:

Typing *this is bold* results in this is bold

Typing _this is italic_ results in this is italic

The formatting is automatically applied as soon as you press a space at the end of the text, it is normally a lot quicker to do this than to reach for your mouse or press a CTRL key combination at the beginning and end of the text.

You can display the AutoCorrect window by clicking on Tools -> AutoCorrect.  Here is the AutoFormat As You Type section of the window showing the Replace as you type options for formatting as italics and bold selected.

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