Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Italic is a style of font that slants the letters evenly to the right. For example, this sentence is italicized. When a font is installed on a computer, there will be an italic version. For example, with Verdana font there is a "Verdana Regular", "Verdana Bold", "Verdana Bold Italic", and "Verdana Italic" font. If the font does not have an italic version you will not have true italics and if available only have an oblique type (slanted) version.

Create italic text in HTML

<i>This text should be in italics</i>

Creating italicized text in a word processor such as Microsoft Word

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


Tip: The shortcut key to make text italic is almost always Ctrl+i on the PC or +i on the Mac. To make text italic using a keyboard shortcut highlight the text and then press the shortcut key.

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