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Stop Underlining Your Descenders!

Learn to remove underlines only from characters with descenders. Doing so makes your underlined text appear distinctive.


Product/Version: PowerPoint

OS: Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X

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 + U (for Mac). Use the same shortcut key to toggle it away.
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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.

    Click below to view on SlideShare

    Click below to view on YouTube

    See Also:

    Text Basics: Stop Underlining Your Descenders! (Index Page)

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