In an ideal world everyone would type everything with correct spelling, with correct grammar and in the correct case. Unfortunately that is not the case, so we need to employ the use of dedicated tools to correct situations where words and sentences are incorrect. Many users of Microsoft Word 2010 are familiar with the spelling and grammar checks that the program offers, but you might not be aware that you can also convert capital letters to small letters in Word 2010. More commonly referred to as “uppercase” and “lowercase,” it can be frustrating to receive a document from a coworker or team member that is written without correct upper and lower case usage. You may have though that you would need to retype the entire document, but Word 2010 can help speed up the process by converting an entire document of uppercase letters to lowercase.
Switching Uppercase to Lowercase in Word 2010
Frequent Internet usage has taught most people that using all uppercase letters when typing makes the reader think that they are shouting. However, some people still insist on typing in uppercase letters if they think it helps them get their point across. Regardless of the intentions of the original writer, uppercase writing has no place in a document that needs to be correctly formatted with proper case usage and punctuation. Continue reading to learn how to change a Word 2010 selection from all capital uppercase letters to all smaller lowercase letters.
Step 1: Open the document in Word 2010.
Step 2: Use your mouse to highlight the uppercase section of the document that you want to convert to lowercase. If the entire document is uppercase, then you can just press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select everything.
Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Change Case drop-down menu in the Font section of the ribbon at the top of the window, then click the lowercase option.
You will notice that you also have some other options that you can apply to the selection, including Sentence Case, Capitalize each word, and Toggle Case. If you are unsure of which option is best for you, you can try each one on your selection until you achieve the desired result.
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