Microsoft Word 2007 to 2016

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Bold text in Word

To make any part of your text bold in Microsoft Word, you have to highlight the text. So using one of the highlight techniques you learnt in a previous section, highlight the first line of the report. In other words, highlight the words "Constable Tucker's Crime Statistics". Your page should like this one:

Title title has been highlighted

Incidentally, if your lines have too much space between them, highlight the lines from January down to Speeding. Click the highlighted text with your right mouse button. From the menu that appears, select Paragraph with your left mouse button. From the dialogue box, select the item that says "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style":

The Paragraph dialogue box

The space between the lines should then be reduced.

We're now going to make bold the text we highlighted. There are two very easy ways to make your highlighted text bold. The first is by clicking the "B" icon on the Home tab at the top of Word. It looks like one of these, depending on which version of Word you have:

The Bold icon on the Font panel in Word 2007 and Word 2010

Font panel in Word 2010 and Word 2013

With your text highlighted, click the "B" icon. Your text will turn bold. You might not be able to tell because your text will still be highlighted. Click anywhere on your blank page to get rid of the highlight.

The "B" icon will change to this:

The Bold icon has been selected

That indicates that you have Bold text switched on. To turn off Bold text, highlight the text and then click the B icon with the left mouse button.

Use Keyboard

Another easy way to make your text bold in Microsoft Word is with the keyboard. To make text bold by using the keyboard, do the following

  • Highlight the text you want to make bold
  • Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard
  • Keep the CTRL key held down
  • Press the letter B on your keyboard
  • To switch off the bold text, keep the CTRL key held down and press the B key again


The Shortcut Toolbar

A third way to make text bold is via the shortcut toolbar that appears every time you highlight something. (You'll need to right click a word to see it in Word 2013. In Word 2016, double click a word to see it.) It first appears faintly. Move your mouse over, however, and you'll see it more clearly:

The Bold icon on the Shortcut toolbar

Formatting toolbar in Word 2016

Again, click the B to get bold text. Click the B again to undo the bold text.

When you have successfully changed the first line of the report to bold text, change the crimes themselves so that they are all bold. Change the Months of the year to bold text, too. When you're done, your document will look like this:

Bold text has been applied to the document

As you can see, there is a distinct difference between the bold text and the normal text. We'll now use italics and underlining.


In the next part, we'll take a look at Italics and Underlines.