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Stop Underlining Your Descenders!

Learn how you can make your underlined text appear distinctive by selectively removing underlines from descender characters.


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Product/Version: All PowerPoint Versions
OS: Windows and Mac






Most applications underline everything you select -- the process is simple: you select a word, a sentence, or even an entire paragraph -- and then press a keyboard shortcut or choose an option so that all the selected text is underlined. PowerPoint behaves the same way -- but there's a difference -- not in the resultant text, but in how the text appears. Let us not forget that PowerPoint is a large format -- more akin to a billboard than a business card -- and text is often projected at large sizes.

Tip: To underline the selected text, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + U (for Windows) or Command + U (for Mac). Use the same shortcut key to toggle it away. Want more keyboard shortcuts? Get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts Ebook.

Underlining all characters in a selection including characters that contain descenders can create a cluttered, ugly look. Removing the underline from some characters can actually yield a more refined, professional look -- as shown in Figure 1 below.

Removing the underline from descender characters yields more professional look
Figure 1: Removing the underline from descender characters yields more professional look

This is also explained better within the online presentations embedded below on this page -- do take a look and let us know what you think! And if you want an automatic way to do this, look at our VBA Code: Remove Underlines from Descenders page.

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