Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Understanding Underlines.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 3, 2018)
There are several different types of underlines you can use in Word. Underlining of characters is handled from the Font dialog box, which is most easily displayed by pressing Ctrl+D. The dialog box allows you to select from a variety of underline types. The following are the major types available:
|None||Removes any underlining from the selected text|
|Single||Adds a single underline, the entire length of the selected text|
|Words Only||Underlines only the words (not spaces or tabs) in the selected text|
|Double||Adds a double-line underline, the entire length of the selected text|
|Dots||Same as Single, but uses a line of dots instead|
|Dashes||Same as Dots, but uses dashes instead of dots|
Remember that these are only the major types of underlines; there are actually many more. In fact, Word offers 18 different options of underlines. Most of these options represent variations on the Single, Dots, and Dashes options mentioned above.
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