Italic

Updated: 11/13/2018 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 following picture.

Italic

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.

When should I italicize text?

As with many things in the English language, the rules of when to italicize text vary depending on the style guide you follow. Below are some general rules that most style guides follow when italicizing text.

Note: Some style guides may prefer to use an underline instead of italic for some of the following rules. When writing anything that is shown online, we prefer to use italic because most people assume anything underlined is a hyperlink.

  • Use italic when you want to emphasize a word or phrase in a sentence.
  • When writing about the title of an album, book, magazine, movie, newspaper, podcast, speech, TV show, or work of art.
  • Italicize a word or phrase that is in a different language.

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