Underline text

Underlining text in Word sets certain words or phrases apart from your other text. You can underline a word by using the font tools or by using the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + U.

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Underline text by using the keyboard shortcut

  1. Select the text you want to underline.

  2. Press Ctrl + U.

    Note: You can also press Ctrl + U and start typing to underline as you type. Press Ctrl + U again to stop underlining.

Underline text by using the font tools

  1. Select the text you want to underline.

    The font tools are on the Home tab
  2. Click Home, and in the Font group, click Underline The Underline icon .

Change the underline style and color

You can also update the style and color of the underline within your text.

  1. Select the text you want to underline.

  2. Click Home. Click the arrow icon under Font to open the Font Options dialog box.

    Tip: You can also use the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + D.

    Click the arrow to open the Font Options dialog box.
  3. Select the Underline style drop-down menu to access the underline text options. Use the Underline color drop-down menu to change the color of the line.

    You can choose the underline style and color.

    Note: Before you can change the Underline style or Underline color, you must first select the underlined text in your document.

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