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Beyond Bold, Italic & Underline: Special Formatting in Microsoft Word

While boldface, italic and underline will get you through most character formatting challenges, Microsoft Word has more in its arsenal for formatting text (as opposed to inserting special characters or formatting with styles) via the Format Font dialog box (accessible via the Home tab on the Ribbon by clicking on the small launcher arrow in the lower right-hand corner of the Font command group OR using CTRL-D):

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Multiple ways to format characters

In Word, there's usually more than one way to do something.  And the way you do things usually depends on whether you're more comfortable with the keyboard or the mouse.

Take, for example, basic character formatting.  To make characters boldface, italics, or underline, you can:

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