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Adjusting Small Caps Text

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Adjusting Small Caps Text.

Small caps are a typographic convention in which no lowercase letters are used. Traditionally, the first letter of the word appears a bit larger than the rest of the letters in a word, even though all letters are uppercase. When you use the Small Caps character attribute, Word coverts the letters to their proper appearance.

To convert words properly to small caps, you need to go through several steps, as follows:

  1. Select the current word (or group of words).
  2. Make sure the first letter of each word is uppercase.
  3. Set the Small Caps character attribute. (Choose Font from the Format menu. In the resulting dialog box, select Small Caps.)

If you are using small caps text sparingly in a document, then these steps are rather quick and painless. However, if you are using it quite a bit, then repeatedly performing the steps can get tiresome. The following is a macro you can use to perform these steps automatically:

Sub MakeSmallCaps()
     If Selection.Type = wdSelectionIP Then
          Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1
          Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend
     End If
     Selection.Range.Case = wdTitleWord
     Selection.Font.SmallCaps = True
End Sub

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (271) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Adjusting Small Caps Text.

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Ed Detlie    18 Nov 2014, 12:30
"Set the Small Caps character attribute. (Choose Font from the Format menu. In the resulting dialog box, select Small Caps.)" Uh...where is that? I don't see it in the dialog box.
Gwen    23 Dec 2013, 11:50
Is it possible to change the size of the small caps? Currently they appear almost as large as the regular upper case characters. I would like to change what would normally be lower case characters to be a little smaller when I use the small caps option. I am running Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac.
anon    04 Dec 2013, 09:56
Excellent advice. Thank you so much.
Raj    07 Nov 2013, 05:44
It's working fine for selected text. But I want <s>Text between this tags as Small Caps</s> in a word odc
 
 

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