Quick Ways to Switch Between Bold, Italicized and Underlined Text

Everyone uses bold, italicized, and underlined text on many occasions to help organize their work, make titles and other facts stand out, and for many other reasons. But with the power to have the ability to switch the formats from one to the other, there is downtime when reaching to click the Bold, Italics, or Underline button, which certainly adds up over time. There is a tactic that I use, and that you can use, to speed up this process, which in time will help you produce your work faster and more efficiently. Also, don’t forget that you can mix Bold, Italics, and Underline formats with your text as well.

In this guide I will tell you to hold the “Ctrl” button and another button, depending on which format you would like to enforce on your text. So it its “Ctrl + B”, that merely means hold the “Ctrl” button and press the “B”, or whatever button you are looking for that correlates with the effect desired. To revers the formatting process press the same buttons again.


Bolding texts makes it stand out more, especially in big walls of texts. Also, bolded text is used in titles to make them stand out as well, and asserts their meaning. Bolded text stands out more in big paragraphs more than italicized text since italicized it still as thin, or more think than the text surrounding it. Bolding a letter, a word, or even a sentence is definitly the way to go to emphasize something.

So how do you bold your text without having to drag your mouse all the way across the screen to click the Bold button, and then reclick it when you’re done? Well, first you must select or highlight the text that you would like to bold and press “Ctrl + b”. This turns the text that you have highlighted into the Bold format.

If you would just like to type in bold automatically from a specific starting point, put the cursor in the text field where you would like to start typing, and press “Ctrl + b”. The text from that point on will be bolded. To turn off the bold, simply repeat the “Ctrl + b” keying process.


As you can see, the title above that says “Italicized” is both in Italics and Bolded. Italics is used to hold out a word, or emphasize it as well. Italics are also used when displaying sarcasm in text, or trying to hold out the sounds of words in texts.

To create italiced text, highlight the text in which you would like to italicize and press “Ctrl + i “. If you would like to start typing in italics and the text isn’t there yet, simply press the “Ctrl + i” keying process prior to typing whatever you desire to type continous italicized text. To stop typing in italics from a continous text setting, hit “Ctrl + i” once again.


Unerlined text is used in many areas such as citing certain information, composing definitions, and underlining titles. To emphasize something by underlining it in a paragraph doesn’t make it stand out that so much, so I suggest bolding it as well for more emphasis.

To create underlined text press “Ctrl + u”. You can either turn text that has already been typed by highlighting it and using the “Ctrl + u” process, or simply press “Ctrl + u” and start typing a new line, and then you will be typing continous underlinded text.


You can mix any two of the text settings (bold, italics, and underlined), or even all three. To do this just use the keying process of “Ctrl + x” (x being whichever you want [b,u,i]) The order in which you put in the formulas for bold, italcs, or underlined text doesn’t matter. You can turn off one effect at a time as if you were only using the one, and the other two effects will stay.

This information will definitly help speed up your typing process, especially with writing papers or guides that have a lot of sections. Using the bold, italics, and underlined processes in the way I have explained above will make it easier to switch between text effects with ease, and it makes guides and papers more professionalized as well when implemented the right way.