Continuing the trend of capitalization-related posts, here is an ode to the wonders of small caps, a formatting trick that elevates the look of documents instantaneously.

For beautifully typeset headings, try small caps. It gives the look of initial capital letters that are set in a slightly larger font than applies to the other letters—but without the need to manually differentiate the sizes.

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all by using one very, very simple operation.

In Microsoft Word, this effect is achieved quite simply. Hit CTRL+D (COMMAND+D on a Mac) or go to Format>Font and check “small caps.”

Try this in your CVs, letterheads, and section headings throughout academic papers. Instant professionalism!