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: Applying the All Caps Format.

Applying the All Caps Format

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 4, 2016)

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Word provides a formatting option to show text as uppercase, even when it is not. You apply this option by choosing the All Caps check box on the Font dialog box. (Press Ctrl+D to see the dialog box.) This formatting feature is helpful if you have a selection you want to print as all uppercase, but you may well decide to convert it back to normal upper- and lowercase text later. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Font dialog box.

If you use this formatting feature quite a bit, it can get bothersome to continually pull up the Font dialog box and click on the All Caps check box. A faster way is to simply select the text you want to affect and then press Ctrl+Shift+A.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11997) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Applying the All Caps Format.

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With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2022-01-11 14:42:36

Matthew W. I. Dunn

Dera Andy,

Thanks for your help!

I still have a couple questions, though:
(1) What does {2,} mean?
(2) How would I change the case of all capitals? (For example, if I wanted to change from "all caps" to lowercase.)

Thanks again!


2022-01-10 09:46:07

Andy

Matthew, what you are doing is searching for the *formatting* of text as All Caps, when what you want to do is search for text that is "typed in" as All Caps. To do that, try checking "Use wildcards" in the search box and searching for this:

[A-Z]{2,}


2022-01-07 19:19:15

Matthew W. I. Dunn

I go: FIND > FONT > ALL CAPS . . . and, Word 2007 still will not find my text, written in ALL CAPS!


2016-06-08 14:01:46

Jim

Related information: Shift+F3 toggles between 1) all lowercase, 2) sentence case if periods are included in the selection or First Letter Of Every Word if not, and 3) all caps. Affects the selection, or the insertion point's entire paragraph if you haven't selected anything.


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