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    Underlining (97/SR-1)

    Does anyone know of a way to change the vertical position of the underline in Word? I have a user who insists that she wants the underline, using Arial, to go below the "tail" of g's, y's etc. rather than going through them as she says it looks "untidy". I can't see an obvious way. Any ideas?

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    Re: Underlining (97/SR-1)

    I think you're outta luck. The only alternative might be to draw a line an position it where you wish. That could get tedious, though.

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    Re: Underlining (97/SR-1)

    As rhconley wrote, there is no way to influence the distance between text and standard underlining.

    There is a tip in the WordMVP site. It consists of a macro that will remove underlining from characters with descenders.

    Another possibility is to use paragraph borders or cell borders (the latter only works in a table). You can control the distance between these borders and text, but you can only create a border for entire paragraphs or cells, not for selected text.

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    Re: Underlining (97/SR-1)

    You can do it, but it's not worth it. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    1. Select the word that's already underlined (or anything less than the entire line& the entire sentence) that have descenders.
    2. Press Ctrl+D to bring up the font dialog box.
    3. Select the character spacing tab & choose Position/raised by .5 pts (you can try .75 if you want).
    4. Do this for each word in the paragraph.

    The reason you can't select the entire sentence (or more than one line) & "raise the words" is that the underline will raise along with the sentence. However, by doing less than the entire sentence & line, the underline stays put. Actually, you could raise everything except the punctuation mark at the same time, if it all were on one line. If you really want everything to remain the same, you'll have to raise every sentence by the same amount & those sentences that are underlined must be done in at least two steps.

    I told you it wasn't worth it. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> Perhaps you can devise a macro that would do this.

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    Re: Underlining (97/SR-1)

    Phil, I tried this with Word 97 SR2 but the entire word *and* the underline raised up. Is there a trick to getting just the letters to move up?
    Kevin <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/Kevin_sig.gif alt="Keep the change, ya filthy animal...">
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    Re: Underlining (97/SR-1)

    If several words or the entire sentence is underlined, like the attachment, then you select the one word (when several words are underlined). The attached shows how you can raise one letter 3 pts. (not that you would). You can't select everything that's underlined; you must select less than all in order for the underline not to raise. I did this with Word 97.
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    Re: Underlining (97/SR-1)

    Ok, I got it by playing around with it all. I concluded the trick is too underline the line (or word) and select for raising a word (or character). Anyway, it works. (Not that I'm going to use. It's a curiosity more than anything else.

    Thanks.
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