Write & edit

Add and edit text

Add and edit text

Your browser does not support video. Install Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash Player, or Internet Explorer 9.

Try it!

Follow these steps to add, replace, and format text in Word.

Add text

  1. Place the cursor where you want to add the text.

  2. Start typing.

Replace text

  1. Select the text you want to replace.

    • To select a single word, double-click it.

    • To select a line, click to the left of it.

  2. Start typing.

Format text

  1. Select the text you want to format.

  2. Select an option to change the font, font size, font color, or make the text bold, italics, or underline.

    Text formatting options in the Font group

Copy formatting

  1. Select the text with the formatting you want to copy.

  2. Click Format Painter Format painter, and then select the text you want to copy the formatting to.

    Tip: Double-click Format Painter Format painter if you want to copy the formatting in more than one place.

Want more?

Video: Change the look of text

Select text

Word Quick Start

Discover more Word training at LinkedIn Learning

Need more help?

Expand your Office skills
Explore training
Get new features first
Join Office Insiders

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.