Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Adjusting Small Caps Text.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 21, 2016)
Small caps are a typographic convention in which no lowercase letters are used. Traditionally, the first letter of the word appears a bit larger than the rest of the letters in a word, even though all letters are uppercase. When you use the Small Caps character attribute, Word coverts the letters to their proper appearance.
To convert words properly to small caps, you need to go through several steps, as follows:
If you are using small caps text sparingly in a document, then these steps are rather quick and painless. However, if you are using it quite a bit, then repeatedly performing the steps can get tiresome. The following is a macro you can use to perform these steps automatically:
Sub MakeSmallCaps() If Selection.Type = wdSelectionIP Then Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1 Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend End If Selection.Range.Case = wdTitleWord Selection.Font.SmallCaps = True End Sub
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13061) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Adjusting Small Caps Text.
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