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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.


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.

Click bellow to view on SlideShare

Click bellow to view on YouTube

PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences:
PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2003 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 and 2011 for Mac
PowerPoint Online for Windows and Mac

Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts and sequences in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented?

Go and get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences ebook.

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