Small Caps in Word 2013

Use these steps to do small caps in Microsoft Word.

  1. Open a document.

    You can use an existing document or create a new one.

  2. Select the “Home” tab at the top of the window.

    It’s at the left end of the ribbon.

  3. Click the small arrow button at the bottom-right of the “Font” grouping.

    It’s a very small icon at the bottom of that section in the ribbon.

  4. Check the box to the left of “Small caps.”

    It’s located in the “Effects” section of options.

  5. Click the “OK” button to save your changes.

    There is a “Set as Default” button that you could click before “OK” if you wanted to make the settings on this menu the new default options.

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.

How to Do Small Caps in Word 2013

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.

Step 1: Open a document in Microsoft Word 2013.

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

small caps in word

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

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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

Now 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 it off. 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

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.

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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