underlining

Absolutely not

In a printed doc­u­ment, don’t under­line. Ever. It’s ugly and it makes text harder to read. See for your­self—

Underlining is another holdover from the typewriter age. Typewriters had no bold or italic styling. So the only way to emphasize text was to back up the carriage and type underscores beneath the text. It was a workaround for shortcomings in typewriter technology.

Underlining is another holdover from the typewriter age. Typewriters had no bold or italic styling. So the only way to emphasize text was to back up the carriage and type underscores beneath the text. It was a workaround for shortcomings in typewriter technology.

Your word proces­sor does not suf­fer from these short­com­ings. If you feel the urge to under­line, use bold or italic instead.

Not con­vinced? I invite you to find a book, news­pa­per, or mag­a­zine that under­lines text. Aside from super­mar­ket tabloids—was that the look you were going for? —you won’t find any.