project home page
background & more information
finding the images you need
on-line galleries
making your own
taking your own
digital image sizes
digital image sizes
file size
adding images to documents
paper size
image file types
jpg or gif
screen prints and clip art
screen prints
clip art
the problems with text
line length
text boxes
text images
free tools
image editing
web page design



If you want to emphahsize something then there are more ways than just using the B I and U buttons. They’ve been there since Word was first invented, reflecting the very limited forms of emphasis available in the old text processors and dot matrix printers. Things have changed but still those buttons seem to be the first place to go to try and make a point.

If you need to make text bolder, try a bolder font. Underlining is rapidly going out of fashion and being replaced by the much smarter complete line that is produced using the borders toolbar. Seldom does underlining a single word have much effect anyway.

Italics still work in most fonts and this is, perhaps, the exception to the rule in that it is better to use the italic version of a font for occasional phrase emphasis.

None of the B I U buttons should be used for things like headings. It is much better to use either a bigger version of the font or a different one. Avoid mixing similar fonts. Documents seldom need more than two font styles. If the main text is a serif font (like Times New Roman) then use a sans serif font (like Arial Black) for headings and vice versa.

More stylised headings can be produced using colour, shading and the border feature. Just one of these usually is more effective than more than one.

Word has had a couple of additional forms of emphasis in its armoury for ten years which beat the B I U stuff hands down but are seldom utilised. These are shadows and outline text. Try them. But, again, try to avoid overdoing things.


^  top
page updated by Andrew Hill, Dunstable College 24 July, 2006