How do I do italic

Slanted, bold and underlined - formatting with keyboard shortcuts

Proper formatting goes a long way toward readability. It's just a shame if writing falls by the wayside over all of the formatting.

You can format your text in no time with the following keyboard shortcuts.

There are always situations in which you want to quickly write a word "bold" or emphasize it by underlining it. In order not to interrupt the workflow and not have to take your hands off the keyboard, there are key combinations for this. The usual formatting suspects are there fat, italic or underlined.

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In Germany, too, "English" Office versions are occasionally used (ie Word, Excel and PowerPoint), which of course then work with the "English" keyboard shortcuts. That's right, the keyboard shortcuts differ depending on the language of your Office installation. To make your life easier, each section contains the combinations for the German and English versions.

Format text in bold

To switch the formatting to bold, use the combination Ctrl + Shift + F. By tapping the key combination again, you can switch from bold mode back to normal text mode.

It is best to remember things over a donkey bridge and with a "story". For this key combination, we use the mnemonic "Make bold".

Explanation: As with "Restore closed browser tabs", the Ctrl key is again the one with which things are controlled or briefly "done". Hence the “do” comes from.

Bold is a noun and is capitalized. That's why we also need the Shift key for the F. All of that brings us back to Ctrl + Shift + F.

For the English version, the abbreviation is Ctrl + B. The shift key is therefore not required here. But the mnemonic is not so easy to create. The 'B' stands for the English word "bold", ie "formatted in bold". You can memorize the phrase "Make bold" to match the English version. If you'd rather have a German mnemonic, we can think of something. Instead of “bold” you could also say “broad”, that is much more harmless. The mnemonic "Make it wide" stands for Ctrl + B.

Format text underlined

Underlining is no longer a problem with our previous memorandum. With Ctrl + Shift + U for "Mach underline" (cf. Duden), Word ensures a clean line in the German version. In the English version, the shift key is no longer used. all that remains is Ctrl + U for "Make underline" or "Make underline".

Format text in italics

The combination of Ctrl + Shift + K in the German version is used for italic text. What makes the memory aid with "do italics" very similar to the others. In general, the key combinations for the three formats are always structured according to the same pattern. Ctrl + Shift as a base and then the first letter of the desired formatting.

For the English version, the story has to be used again. The shortcut for italic text is Ctrl + I. In this case, the I stands for italic. The designation italic is a reference to the fact that italics were first used in Italy and spread from there. If that's not a good story for a mnemonic: Ctrl + I stands for "Make italic" or "Mach Italian".

A tip for memorizing the abbreviations

The German mnemonics always use nouns, while the English version always uses adjectives. That means: German version with shift to capitalize and English version without shift.

That was a little excursion into the world of word processing software (like Word or Libre Office), which we will surely come across more often. Next time we'll deal with the keyboard shortcuts for copying and pasting.

Here is the full list of shortcuts again.

KeysMemorandumdescription
Ctrl + Shift + F"Make bold"Switches to bold or makes the selected text bold.
Ctrl + Shift + K"Do italics"Switches to italic or makes the selected text italic.
Ctrl + Shift + U"Make underlining"Switches to underlined text or underlines the selected text.

And again for the English version:

KeysMemorandumdescription
Ctrl + B"Make it wide (bold)"Switches to bold or makes the selected text bold.
Ctrl + I"Make italian (italic)"Switches to italic or makes the selected text italic.
Ctrl + U"Make underline"Switches to underlined text or underlines the selected text.