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How to Double Underline in Word, Excel and PowerPoint


In this post you’ll learn a single keyboard shortcut that allows you to get at the double underline features in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

It makes sense, right?

Why bother learning three different keyboard shortcuts (one for each program) when you can instead just learn a single shortcut that works in all three? Speed training at it’s best!

But before you dive in and learn that keyboard shortcut, make sure you realize you that there is a difference between adding a double underline to text and numbers and adding double borders (pictured below).

Double underline video tutorial

Double underlining text and numbers step by step

Step #1: Select your text or numbers

Whether you are in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the first step to adding or removing a double underline is selecting your text.

Step #2: Launch the Font dialog box

You can launch the Font Dialog box in Word, Excel and PowerPoint using the CTRL + SHIFT + F keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut for Double Underlining in Word

In Microsoft Word you can bypass the Font Dialog box technique for adding a double underline and instead directly add or remove your double underline using the CTRL+SHIFT+D keyboard shortcut.

Step #3: Select an underline style

Within the Font Dialog Box, open the Underline Style drop-down and from the options and select the double underline style you want to add to your text or numbers.

Other Font dialog box options

Once you are in the Font Dialog box, notice that you have a lot of other options to work with including the strikethrough, double strikethrough, superscript and subscript options.

That means that If you memorize the CTRL + SHIFT + F shortcut, you can get at the other options without having to memorize a bunch of other keyboard shortcuts.

Double underlines in a table cell

If you're looking to recreate the Accounting Style formatting from Excel inside of a table in PowerPoint, check out our YouTube video for how to create double line borders in PowerPoint tables.

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Updated on December 13, 2017

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