Change the capitalization or case of text

You can change the capitalization, or case, of selected text in a document by clicking a single button on the Home tab called Change Case.

Note: For information on automatic capitalization rules, see Choose AutoCorrect options for capitalization, spelling, and symbols.

Change case

To change the case of selected text in a document, do the following:

  1. Select the text for which you want to change the case.

  2. Go to Home > Change case  Change caps button for O365 and Mac .

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To capitalize the first letter of a sentence and leave all other letters as lowercase, click Sentence case.

    • To exclude capital letters from your text, click lowercase.

    • To capitalize all of the letters, click UPPERCASE.

    • To capitalize the first letter of each word and leave the other letters lowercase, click Capitalize Each Word.

    • To shift between two case views (for example, to shift between Capitalize Each Word and the opposite, cAPITALIZE eACH wORD), click tOGGLE cASE.


    • To apply small capital (Small Caps) to your text, select the text, and then on the Home tab, in the Font group, click the arrow in the lower-right corner. In the Font dialog box, under Effects, select the Small Caps check box.

    • To undo the case change, press CTRL+ Z, or for Mac press COMMAND + Z .

    • To use a keyboard shortcut to change between lowercase, UPPERCASE, and Capitalize Each Word, select the text and press SHIFT + F3 until the case you want is applied, or for Mac, select the text, and then press fn+ SHIFT + F3 until the style you want is applied.

    • For Mac you can also format text in all small capital letters: Select the text, and then press COMMAND + SHIFT + K.


You can manually edit text to change its case, but can’t change the case of selected text at the click of a button the way the desktop application can.

Use the desktop application to open the document and change text case there.

See also

Insert a drop cap

Choose AutoCorrect options for capitalization

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