Ordinal Suffix

Ordinal Suffix

I was asked on a recent Word training course how to control the th, st, nd and rd text that you type after a number.  E.g  4th, 1st, 2nd and 3rd

My first challenge was to find out what they were called!

Word, uses the “Autoformat as you type” feature to automatically change it to superscript so the text is placed at the top of the line and the font size is reduced.

However, this feature needs to be active.

  1. Click on the File tab and select Options.
  2. Click on the Proofing tab then AutoCorrect Options to display the dialogue box.
  3. Select the tab AutoFormat as you type tab
  4. Tick alongside the box “Ordinal (1st) with superscript” and click OK twice to return to the Word document.

When you type the date followed by the ordinal suffix it will only be converted when you press the spacebar or the comma, full stop or hyphen – for example

If you backspace to remove it and re-type again then it will only convert back to the normal font size when you press the spacebar.

If the ordinal doesn’t covert then you can control it manually.

  1. Select the text and press the keys CTRL SHIFT  = all together.
  2. It will convert normal text to superscript or if you have selected the ordinal suffix it will convert it to the current font size and style in your document.
  3. These shortcut keys act like a toggle switch, converting text to superscript and removing it again.

Hope this helps – let me know how you get on.

AutoCorrect dialogue box

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