How to Apply Small Caps in Word

Have you seen a document that used a type of “all caps” writing, but it looked a little different?

Unless they were using an unusual font, it’s very likely that what you saw was the small caps effect in Word.

Our tutorial below will provide you with more information on how to use the small caps feature in your Word document.

How to Type in Small Caps in Microsoft Word

  1. Open the document.
  2. Select the Home tab.
  3. Click the Font Settings button.
  4. Check the Small caps box.
  5. Click OK.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to use small caps in a Word document, including pictures of these steps.

When you type in a document in Microsoft Word using the default settings, you will get a mixture of capital and lowercase letters.

But some scenarios call for you to use small caps in Word, which are smaller versions of the capital versions of letters.

Fortunately, this is something that you can accomplish by changing a font option within Word.

Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting so that you can start typing in small caps. You can even apply small caps to existing text if you would like to convert it by making one small adjustment to the process.

Related: What is the Best Microsoft Word Cursive Font?

How to Do Small Caps in Word 2013 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word 2013.

By completing the steps in this guide, you will be able to start typing in small caps in Microsoft Word.

At the end of this article, we will show a sample of what this looks like so you can see if it is the desired result.

Note that actual capitalized letters (the ones that you type by holding the Shift key or by using Caps Lock) will still be their normal size.

The other letters that would traditionally be lowercase letters are instead displayed as smaller versions of their capital letter form.

Use these steps to apply small caps in Word.

Step 1: Open a document in Microsoft Word 2013.

Open an existing document or create a new one.

Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

small caps in word

Select the Home menu.

Step 3: Click the small Font button at the bottom-right corner of the Font section of the ribbon.

open word font menu

Select the Font dialog box launcher.

Step 4: Check the box to the left of Small caps, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

how to do small caps in word

Select the Small caps option and click OK.

Now that you know how to do small caps in Word documents, you will be able ot enable or disable this option whenever you need to change the setting for small capital letters in your document.

When you type in your document, your letters will be small capital letters, as in the image below.

small caps in word example

Note that everything you type will use these small caps until you turn them off. You can select font options like the size or color and apply them to the small caps in the same way that you would format any other text.

There are a bunch of other useful options on the Font window as well, including:

  • Strikethrough
  • Double strikethrough
  • Superscript
  • Subscript
  • Shadow
  • Outline
  • Emboss
  • Engrave
  • Small caps
  • All caps
  • Hidden

If you have existing text that you wish to convert to small caps, simply select that text first, then follow the steps above. The selection will then be converted to small caps.

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Apply Small Caps Effect in Word

How do you do small caps in Word 2016?

The method for using small caps in Word 2016 is the same as the method outlined in this article. Click the “Home” tab, click the “Font” button, check the “Small caps” option, then click “OK.”

How do you do small caps in Word for Mac?

Select existing text to make small caps, or click where you want to start typing small caps. Right-click and choose “Font.” Select “Small Caps”, then click “OK.”

What does small caps look like?

Any text that is created using the small caps formatting will look like it was typed as all capital letters, such as when you hold down the Shift key, or press Caps Lock. However, these letters will be smaller than the result you would get from typing in all normal capital letters.

What font is small caps?

The font for your small caps formatting will be whichever font is currently selected from the “Font” dropdown menu on the “Home” tab. Note that not all fonts will look good, or even be legible, when the small caps formatting is applied. You may need to try a few different fonts before you find one that you like.

How do I stop typing in small caps in Microsoft Word?

While the steps above have focused on typing in small caps in a Microsoft Word document, you can use the same steps to stop typing in small capitals.

Click Home, then click the Font button. Uncheck the Small caps check box in the Font window, then click OK to save the changes.

Now when you type it will no longer use the small caps effects.

How do I convert normal text to small caps in a Word document?

if you have some text in your document that you want to be in small caps, but you don’t want to retype it, then you can use your mouse to select the text to convert.

You can then go to the Font menu as discussed above and check the Small caps checkbox, then click OK.

The selected text will now be in small caps.

Note that the first letter may be larger if it was previously capitalized.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to switch between small caps and lowercase letters in MS Word?

Yes, if you plan to be switching between lowercase letters and small uppercase letters on a regular basis, then you probably want a faster way than going through the Font group and checking the small caps checkbox.

If you press the Ctrl + Shift + K keyboard shortcut, you can start typing in the small caps font.

If you select an existing combination of lowercase characters and uppercase text, then use the Ctrl + Shift + K shortcut, you can convert all the letters to small caps.

Do you have a part of your document that contains a lot of formatting that you don’t want? Find out how to remove formatting in Word 2013 and get rid of all of those formatting options in one step.

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