Microsoft Word/Underlying only numbers


Hello Michelle

I am working with an MsOffice Word 2007 and I would like to streamline a process that eats my time. My question is; how can I underline only the numbers in a paragraph containing both text and numbers. So far the only way I found is to select each number separately and underline it. Is there a mass-formatting method I can use for the whole paragraph or for multiple paragraphs?
I would much appreciate if you can help me!

Thank you,


Hi Mike,

I have a quick and easy solution to your request. I gave instructions based on 2010 (not on 2007 computer this morning). Open file > Home Tab > Find > Advanced Find > place cursor in Find What area > Go to Special dropdown > Any Digit > go to Find In dropdown > Main Document (this will select all numbers) > select underline button on Home toolbar (while all items are still selected). Go back and remove underlines for unintended numbers > Close.

Please use follow-up option if you require further assistance with this task.

Hope this was helpful.

Michelle Howell, Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Expert Certified
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