WD2000: Change Case Command Does Not Change to Sentence/Title Case

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SYMPTOMS

The Change Case command may not change the selection to Sentence case or Title Case in the following conditions.

Case 1

The Change Case command (SHIFT+F3) does not change to Title Case when either of the following conditions is true:
  • The selection includes an end-of-sentence punctuation (such as a period, question mark, or exclamation mark). Word changes from UPPERCASE to lowercase to Sentence case only.

    -or-
  • The selection begins with a space. Word changes from UPPERCASE to lowercase to Sentence case only.

Case 2

The Change Case command does not change to Sentence case when either of the following conditions is true:
  • The selection does not include the end-of-sentence punctuation. Word changes from UPPERCASE to lowercase to Title Case only.

    -or-
  • The selection of an incomplete sentence includes the last letter in the paragraph but does not include end-of-sentence punctuation. Word changes from UPPERCASE to lowercase to Title Case only.

CAUSE

The Change Case command does not change a complete sentence to Title Case. Similarly, the Change Case command assumes that a non-sentence selection is never formatted for Sentence case. The command determines whether the selection is a sentence by checking for end-of-sentence punctuation. This feature is by design of the SHIFT+F3 key combination for the Change Case command.

MORE INFORMATION

The Change Case command changes selected characters to all uppercase letters, all lowercase letters, or a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters. The Change Case command affects character capitalization but not character formatting, such as Small Caps or All Caps. For example, if you apply Title case to text that already has Small Caps format, the first letter of each word becomes an uppercase letter, and the rest of the characters retain the Small Caps format.

Change case option Function
Sentence case Capitalizes the first letter of the first word in the selected sentence, or the first word after the end of a sentence.
lowercase Changes selected text to all lowercase letters.
UPPERCASE Changes selected text to all uppercase letters.
Title Case Capitalizes the first letter of each word in the selection.
tOGGLE cASE Changes all uppercase letters to lowercase letters and all lowercase letters to uppercase letters in the selection.


NOTE: You cannot use SHIFT+F3 to change the case of your selected text to tOGGLE cASE. You must click Change Case on the Format menu, click to select tOGGLE cASE, and then click OK.

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Article ID: 280360 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 1.1
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  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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