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How to Change Capitalization or Letter Case in Microsoft Word

You can stop manually changing your text if you want to adjust the capitalization. We’ll show you how to easily change letter case in Word.

If you want to change the capitalization of a word, sentence, or paragraph, you don’t have to do this manually in Microsoft Word. You can easily adjust the text to all uppercase or lowercase, sentence case or toggle case, or capitalize the first letter of each word.

While not difficult to do, changing the capitalization or letter case in one fell swoop may be one of those Microsoft Word features you didn’t know existed. So here, we’ll show you how to do this in Word on your computer, the web, and your mobile device.

Change Capitalization and Letter Case on Your Desktop

On both Windows and Mac, you can make your text changes the same way.

  1. Open your document in Word and select the text you want to edit. You can do this easily by dragging your cursor through it, whether a word, phrase or more.
  2. Next, go to the Home tab and click the Change Case button in the Font section of the ribbon. The icon for the button is an uppercase and lowercase letter A (Aa).
  3. Select the capitalization option or letter case you’d like to use from the drop-down list. Each option shows its appearance as its name.

Change letter case in Word on Windows

If you choose Uppercase and would like to use a smaller version of the capital letters, right-click the selected text and choose Font. On the Font tab of the pop-up window, check the box for Small Caps and click OK.

Use small caps in Word on Windows

Capitalization and Letter Case in Word for the Web

You have the same options for adjusting capitalization or letter case in Word for the web.

  1. Open your document in Word online and select the text you want to edit by dragging your cursor through it.
  2. Go to the Home tab and click More Font Options (three dots) in the ribbon.
  3. Move your cursor to Change Case and make your selection in the pop-out menu.

Change letter case in Word for the web

Capitalization and Letter Case in the Word Mobile App

If you use Microsoft Word on your mobile device, you’ll be glad to know you can change the capitalization or letter case in the app too.

  1. Open your document in the Word mobile app and select the text. You can do this by tapping a word to highlight it and, if necessary, drag the handles to include all the text you want to change.
  2. Tap the three dots on the right of the toolbar above the keyboard.Font options in Word on iPhone
  3. When the menu opens at the bottom, be sure Home is selected. Then tap More Formatting.
  4. Choose Change Case and then select the capitalization or letter case option.

Change letter case in Word mobile

Make Text Changes Easy in Microsoft Word

Little-known features like this one to change the capitalization or letter case in just a couple of clicks or taps can be a huge time-saver. You can eliminate manual typing and reduce the risk of errors when changing your text simultaneously.

For more, take a look at how to add a drop cap in Microsoft Word and how to adjust the font-kerning in a Word document.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dirgster

    Thank you for those great tips which are very useful!

    • Alan Kroiter

      There is a much easier way that I use all the time.
      If it is just one word you want to change, click anywhere in that word so the cursor is somewhere in the word and then press the shift key and F3 key. Repeat the key combination to toggle through the various upper and lowercase formats you want. If you want to change a block of words, select them by left clicking and dragging and then use the same shift + F3 key combination as before.
      I don’t recall how I learnt this as I’ve been using it for a few decades.

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