How to Overline Text

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Microsoft Word has a number of advanced features that let you customize your document. While you may have become used to the quick toolbar options such as the underline, bold and strikethrough buttons, the buttons actually represent a keyboard combination. There is no quick button to create overlined text, but you can use the Equation Editor function to create your own. All characters and text that you overline will show a straight line directly above them.

  • Open your Word document, and highlight the text you want to overline. Press "Ctrl" > "X" to cut the text. (If you are typing in new text, you can skip this step.) Just place the insertion point where you want to overline the text.

  • Press "Ctrl" > "9" to put a set of braces in a gray box in the document.

  • Type the following text between the braces:

    EQ \x \to()

  • Paste the text you cut out earlier between the parentheses, or just type the new text you want to overline. For instance, if you want to overline the word "Microsoft," then type the following:

    EQ \x \to(Microsoft)

  • Delete the extra space to the left of "EQ" and to the right of "(Microsoft)" so there's no blank space between the text and the braces.

  • Press "Shift" > "F9" to show the overlined text.

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