How to Format Small Caps in MS Word and Scrivener

You’re quoting the Bible in your book and many of the verses use LORD in small caps. But you don’t know how to get those little capitals so you type LORD in your manuscript.

Or maybe you missed the fact completely that Lord was in all caps. I see that often in the nonfiction manuscripts I edit.

If you fail to use all caps, you are misquoting the verse. Lord and LORD represent different Hebrew words.

If you’ve made this mistake, don’t worry. Creating them is simple, both in MS Word and in Scrivener (but not on the web!).

To view a video on creating small caps visit my YouTube channel.

Small Caps in MS Word

Highlight the word/s you need in capitals.

On the Home Tab, click on the down arrow in the bottom right corner of the Font Box.

MS Word Home TabThis opens the Font Dialog Box.

MS Word Font Dialogue Box small capsUnder the Effects section (about halfway down), select Small Caps.

It’s that simple. You can also access the Font Dialog Box with a right click of your mouse after you’ve selected your word. When the sub-menu appears, select Font and the Font Dialog Box opens.

Small Caps in Scrivener

Highlight the word/s you need.

Select Format menu at the top left of the screen. Then select Font → Small Caps. Or you can also right click your mouse to bring up the sub-menu and make the same selection.

Scrivener font dialog small capsThis might be something you don’t give much thought, but using small caps gives your manuscript a professional appearance. And as I stated earlier, when quoting material, you must format it in the same way it appears in your source.

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  1. Great post! I hope my editor has seen this as well. The difference between those two words should not be overlooked. Thank you for your extremely helpful posts, Debra. I always enjoy them!

  2. I always find such cool tips here! Thank you!

    • There are so many little things that people need to know how to do that many websites over look. If you’re looking for something and can’t find it, let me know!

  3. Thanks, Debra. I’ve often needed this. Now I know how.

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