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How to replace underline with italic in word?

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2013-11-07

In some circumstances, you may need to replace all underline characters with italic or vice reserve in word. How could you quickly replace all underline characters with italic in Word? You can get it done according to the following two tricky ways in Word.

Replace all underline characters with italic with Find and Replace

Replace all underline characters with italic with VBA

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Step 1:Step 1: Click Home > Replace (Word 2007.2010/2013) & using shortcuts Ctrl + H to launch the Find and Replace dialog;

Step 2: click More button to bring up Search option.

Step 3: put the cursor in Find What box, click Font from Format drop-down list to select the Underline style and Underline color

Step 4: put the cursor in Replace With box, click Font from Format drop-down list to select Italic in the Font style list.

Step 5: click OK>Replace All.

Note:

1. Click No Formatting to make sure no formatting information is specified in the Find What box and Replace With box before your operation.

2. This processing just make the text with underline italic, cannot remove underline.


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Alternatively, you also can use VBA to replace underline with Italic. But if you are not good at macro, I do not recommend this method. Do as follows:

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Step 1: Press Alt+F11 to open the VBA window in Word;

Step 2: Click Module in Insert tab, and insert the VBA code into Module window;

The VBA code to replace all underline characters with italic in Word.:

Sub ReplaceUnderlineWithItalic()
'Update 20131107
Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
Selection.Find.Font.Underline = wdUnderlineSingle
Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
Selection.Find.Replacement.Font.Italic = True
With Selection.Find
.Text = ""
.Replacement.Text = ""
.Replacement.Font.Underline = wdUnderlineNone
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindAsk
.Format = True
.MatchCase = False
.MatchWholeWord = False
.MatchWildcards = False
.MatchSoundsLike = False
.MatchAllWordForms = False
End With
Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End Sub

Step 3: Click Run button to apply the VBA code (or press F5);

Note:

1. This code is only suit for single underline without color. You can change “wdUnderlineSingle” in the code to fit for other underline styles such as “wdUnderlineDouble” or “wdUnderlineThick”.

2. This code just make the text with underline italic, cannot remove underline.


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