Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Bold, bold face, or bold font is any text that is darkened to help emphasize a remark or comment. For example, this is bold text. If your browser supports bold text, the previous words "bold text" should have been in bold lettering.

Create bold text in HTML

HTML bold tagWith HTML, there are a few different methods of making text appear bold. The most widely used tag is the <b> tag, which means nothing more than changing the style and making the text appear darker. The <strong> tag gives the text structural meaning and importance.

<b>This text should be in bold</b>


<strong>This text is important</strong>

  • See the <b> overview for further information on this tag.
  • See the <strong> overview for further information on this tag.

Tip: If you want to bold a heading, paragraph, or other groups of text for style reasons it would be better to use CSS to make text bold.

How to bold text in a word processor or e-mail client

BoldTo format text as bold in a word processor or (many) e-mail clients, follow these instructions.

  1. Highlight the text you want to be bold.
  2. Click the B button, which is often next to the I and U buttons for italic and underline, as shown in the picture to the right.

Tip: The shortcut key to make highlighted text bold is Ctrl+B on the PC and Cmd+B on Apple computers.

How to remove bold

If you want to unbold or remove bold from bolded text, you would repeat the same above steps for the bolded text.

Note: If you are using a font that is bold, you would need to use the non bold version of the font (if available) to remove bold.

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