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
for the shortcut had been turned off. Since then others have experienced
the same problem.
Here’s the solution: Click on Format ,
AutoFormat , Options and the
AutoCorrect screen will appear (see below). Place a
check next to *Bold* and _
_ with real formatting . Notice you can use the
underscore line (_) in the same way to set italics automatically.