Changing the Underline Color

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 25, 2021)

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When Charles underlines words or uses an underline as a leader for tab stops, the underline is in black. He wonders if there is a way to make the underline in a different color, such as gray.

When I want to underline text, I typically just select that text and press Ctrl+U. I suspect that is what Charles is doing, as well, because doing so makes it easy to miss how you can underline the text and format the underline.

Notice on the Home tab of the ribbon there is an Underline tool, in the Font group. (It looks like an underlined U.) To the right side of this tool there is a down-arrow. If you click this after selecting the text you want to affect, you can choose a style for your underline. Notice, as well, that at the bottom of the options there is an Underline Color option. Click this, and you can choose the color for the underline.

If you cannot see an Underline Color option (perhaps you are using Word on a Mac), then you'll need to display the Font dialog box after selecting your text. (To display the Font dialog box, just press Ctrl+D on the PC or Cmd+D on the Mac.) (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Font dialog box.

In the middle of the dialog box are two drop-down lists, one for Underline Style and the other for Underline Color.

Charles also asked about setting the color of the underline when it is a tab stop leader. When setting the tab stop, Word doesn't allow you to specify a color in the Tabs dialog box. However, once the tab stop is set, with the leader, you can select the actual tab character in your document and format it to be any color you want. This concept is covered more fully in this tip:

https://wordribbon.tips.net/T5135

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

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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2021-12-26 09:39:25

Roger Severson

Speaking of color management, I have a related question. When I search and replace a single character such as a comma or a period, it is very difficult to see the gray highlight of the found character. Does Word 2019 offer a way to change the gray highlight to a more conspicuous color? Thanks. PS: Thanks for your great Christmas message Allen.


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