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Bold selected text in the message body

It’s common to bold text when editing a document in Microsoft Word. Similarly, you may also need to bold some text in an editing email. Here, this tutorial will show some methods to bold the selected text in the message body in Outlook.

Note: Methods introduced on this page apply to Microsoft Outlook 2019 desktop program in Windows 10. And the instructions may vary significantly or slightly depending on the version of Microsoft Outlook and the Windows environments.


Bold selected text in message body with hotkeys

When composing, replying, or forwarding an email in Outlook, you can easily make your text bold as follows:

1. In the message body, please select the text you want to bold.

2. Press the Ctrl + B keys together.

Now the selected text is bold in the message body.


Bold selected text in message body with Bold feature

You can also make the selected text bold with the Bold button in the Ribbon.

1. In the message body, select the text want to bold.

2. Click the Bold button  in the Font group on the Format Text tab (or in the Basic Text group on the Message tab).

Now the selected text is bold in the message body.


Bold selected text in message body with Font dialog

Alternatively, you can also configure the settings in the Font dialog to make the selected text bold in the message body.

1. In the message body, please select the text you need to bold.

2. Click the anchor  at the bottom-right corner of Font group on the Format Text tab (or Basic Text group on the Message tab) to open the Font dialog.

Tips: You can also open the Font dialog with pressing the Ctrl + D keys together.

3. In the Font dialog, enable the Font tab, click to highlight Bold in the Font style list box, and click the OK button.

Now the selected text is bold.


Notes

If you want to clear the bold formatting, you can select the bold text, and then click the Bold button  in the Font group on the Format Text tab (or in the Basic Text group on the Message tab).


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