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Small Caps Effect on Word – With Shortcut

In this article today, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Small caps effect in Microsoft Word including the keyboard shortcut to use for it.

However, if you are looking for a quick solution on how to apply small caps in Word, below is your quick rescue:

To do small caps in Word, select the text you want to apply the effect on (Capitalize the begining of each word), then press Ctrl+Shift+K shortcut. Alternatively, Press Ctrl+D to display the Font dialog box, then under the Effects category, check the Small caps checkbox then click on the OK button.

Press Ctrl+D then select Small Caps in the Font dialog

However, if you want to dive deep into knowing what Small Caps is and why it is called so, continue reading.

What is Small Caps in Word?

Small Caps is a font type or effect that displays letters in uppercase even when the lower case is applied. When applied to text, they appear in uppercase but shorter in height than the usual uppercase in a given typeface.

how to do small caps on word 2016

I think they are called small caps because when applied to text, they appear in capitals (uppercase), but are most often the height of the lowercase (or a little bit taller), sharing the features of both capitals and lowercase characters.

Small Caps in Word Shortcut

The shortcut for small caps in Word is Ctrl+Shift+K

MS Word continues to offer users the option of using keyboard shortcuts to work faster.

Luckily, the Small Caps effect also has been assigned a shortcut that you can use to apply this text effect.

To apply the Small Caps effect in Word using the keyboard shortcut:

  • Select the text you want to apply the effect on.
  • Make sure the beginning of each word is capitalized (Optional). You can use the Capitalize Each Word command in the Font group.
  • Press the Small Caps shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+K)

As soon as you press this shortcut, the selected text should change to Small Caps.

How to Do Small Caps in Word

To do small caps in Word:

  • Select the text you want to apply the Small Caps effects on.
  • Right-click on the selected text.
  • A shortcut menu appears, click on Font.
Right click on text, then click on Font in the shortcut menu
  • The Font dialog box will appear.
  • Under the Effects category, click on the Small caps checkbox.
Press Ctrl+D then select Small Caps in the Font dialog
  • Click OK.

As soon as you click on the OK button, the selected text in the Word document will change to small caps.

NOTE: The small caps text effect is different from both uppercase and lower cases. They are uppercases that are smaller in height than the usual uppercases.