Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How to Change Underlined Text to Italics

Techno Tips for the Techno-Challenged

Many of us are tweaking and editing old manuscripts; breathing new life into old stories that have been languishing unread and unloved on our hard drives. We're self-publishing our "backlists" in the hopes of sharing our stories with readers.

With that comes the sometimes tedious and daunting task of formatting or reformatting the manuscripts to upload onto Smashwords, Kindle and Nook. One problem I've had with several manuscripts is underlined text. Back in the day, when I submitted manuscripts to editors, writers underlined text to indicate italics. Talk about a daunting task!!! It's not easy trying to change every place in a 60K-120K word manuscript where there are "italics"! Ack!!!

The good news is you don't have to go through the whole manuscript page by page searching for the underlined text. Find and Replace is your friend in MS Word.

Here's how to do it:

Be sure to save a copy of your document before doing this, just in case.

1.  Go to Find and Replace.
2.  Hit little blue square in bottom left-hand corner of drop-down box.
3.  Place cursor in the Find text box and click the Format button.
4.  Click on Font.
5.  Click on Underline Style and select the type of underline (usually the first example under words only).
6.  Click on Font Style, then choose Not Italic. Click OK.
7.  Place cursor in the Replace text box and click the Format button.
8.  Click on Font.
9.  Click on Underline Style and choose (none).
10. Click on Font Style, then choose Italic. Click OK.
11. Replace All.

And that's all there is to it!!!

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)


Erik Tavares said...

You just saved me a ton of work. Thank you!!

Tod said...