How to Instantly Change Blocks of 'CAPITALIZED TEXT' in Microsoft Word to 'lowercase letters'

You know that moment when you finally figure out something, but you figured it out years after you really needed it? Don't you freaking hate that?!

Thanks to Reddit user josawalk, whom I hate, yet love, I now know how to change chunks of text from all capital letters to lowercase.

There were so many times in school when I needed to copy text from some PDF or a source like JSTOR and all of the letters were in uppercase!

SOMETIMES I SIMPLY FORGOT THAT CAPS LOCK WAS ON AND WOULD HAVE TO RETYPE THAT WHOLE SENTENCE.

If only I knew about this easy MS Word keyboard shortcut, I would've saved so much time and effort.

How to Change Cases in Microsoft Word for Windows

If you're using MS Word on a Windows system, simply highlight the text and press:

  • Shift + F3

Word will automatically lowercase everything first, and if you tap the shortcut again, it will take into account periods and capitalize the start of a sentence.

For example, it will start out looking like this:

Use the keyboard shortcut and you'll get all lowercase:

Then again to capitalize all of the first words of a sentence.

Now, if only it would turn Wonderhowto into WonderHowTo. Can't win 'em all, I guess.

But yup, it's that easy. I still can't believe I didn't know this trick. Plus, this also works for PowerPoint!

Alternatively, you can go to the Home tab and click on the Change Case icon in the Font group to transform your highlighted text.

How to Change Cases in Word for Mac

If you have Word for Mac, then you're going to have one extra key to press for this shortcut. Since the function keys at the top of your keyboard are used for a bunch of other things by default (brightness, sound, keyboard light, etc.), you will need to press the fn key to actually utilize the function keys.

So in order to alter your case, highlight the text and press:

  • Shift + fn + F3

Alternatively, you can highlight the text and go to Format -> Change Case and then select your preferred case style.

If you're using Pages on a Mac instead of Word, this trick won't work. In fact, there is no built-in way to do this exact thing. However, if you need to capitalize a block of text (don't know why you would), you can go to Format -> Font -> Capitalization and select All Caps to capitalize everything. Why don't they include an All Lowercase option? Who freaking knows. Apple?

Know of any more fast case-changing tips? Any other programs out there that this works on? Let us know!

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Now if only I could find out how to do this keystroke, which I've been doing for over 25 years, in Windows 8! Arghhhh! ;^)

Although, I must say I did get a good tip above about going to the Home Tab then clicking change case in the Font group. Not exactly perfect, but it will suffice. Darn Windows 8!!!

Any one can help me to find whole words in uppercase.
Eg.: I have a paragraph as below:

This is my house. It 's small
BUT IT IS A NICE ONE.

Now I can find and select only whole uppercase words, means
BUT IT IS A NICE ONE
(Note: the selection exclude T in "This is my house: and I in "It 's small"
Thanks

CMD+OPT+C or +A also toggles through case options (+A for ALL CAPS). Oddly neither +c nor SH+FN+F3 will work to generate initial caps on more than one line of selected text (I'm on Word 2008 so maybe just a quirk of my setup).

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