Here’s the solution: Click on Format , AutoFormat , Options and the AutoCorrect screen will appear (see below). Place a check next to *Bold* and _ italic _ with real formatting . Notice you can use the underscore line (_) in the same way to set italics automatically.
A reader wrote to say my shortcut suggestion ( JofA , Aug.05, page 89) for making words bold in Word by typing asterisks (*) at either end of the string (*words to be made bold*) didn’t work. I double-checked and it worked just fine. Plus no one else had trouble with the shortcut. The reader, Antonia M. Lafferty, CPA, controller of CorCell Inc., was sure she wasn’t making a mistake, so she checked further. Eventually she found the problem. Her default setting in AutoCorrect for the shortcut had been turned off. Since then others have experienced the same problem.