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How to Underline Text in Illustrator — The 2 Best Methods

How to Underline Text in Illustrator — The 2 Best Methods

Whenever you want to emphasize a piece of text, underlining it is one of the best ways to do it.

To underline text in Illustrator, you can either use the Underline Tool or the Line Segment Tool. The Underline Tool is the best tool for underlining text quickly and easily but, if for any reason, you are unable to use the Underline tool on your text, the Line Segment Tool is a great alternative.

 

1. How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Underline Tool – Quick Guide

Double click on your Illustrator file to open it. Use the keyboard shortcut “T” to equip the Type tool. Click & drag on the artboard to draw a text box. Click & drag over the text you want to underline. Finally, open the Character menu at the top of your screen and click the Underline button.

 

How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Underline Tool  – Step-by-step Guide

 

Step 1:

Open your Illustrator file. To start, open your document by double-clicking on its corresponding Illustrator file, or if Illustrator is already open, you can go to “File” on the top menu, and then “Open” and choose the file you want to open. To speed things up, you can also use the keyboard shortcut COMMAND+O (MAC) “Ctrl+O” (Windows).

How to underline text in Illustrator Using The Underline Tool Step 1

Step 2:

Find and equip the Type tool. Look for and select the Type tool, located on the toolbar on the left side of your screen. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “T” to quick-select the tool.

How to underline text in Illustrator Using The Underline Tool Step 2

Step 3:

Draw your text box. Click and drag your cursor on your artboard to draw a text box. The text box will automatically fill with dummy text. You can type your own copy and/or customize it via the menu at the top of your screen.

How to underline text in Illustrator Using The Underline Tool Step 3

Step 4:

Select your text. Click and drag your cursor over the text you want to underline to select it.

How to underline text in Illustrator Using The Underline Tool Step 4

Step 5:

Open the Character menu. Click on the word “Character” on the menu at the top of your screen to open the Character menu. 

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Step 6: 

Click on the Underline icon. On the Character menu, find and click on the Underline icon to underline your type.

How to underline text in Illustrator Using The Underline Tool Step 6

 

 

How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Line Segment Tool  – Quick Guide

Double click on your Illustrator file to open it. Use the keyboard shortcut “T” to equip the Type tool. Click & drag on the artboard to draw a text box. Use the keyboard shortcut “\” to equip the Line Segment Tool. Finally, “Shift+click+drag” under your text to underline it. 

 

How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Line Segment Tool  – Step-by-step Guide

 

Step 1:

Open your Illustrator file. To start, open your document by double-clicking on its corresponding Illustrator file, or if Illustrator is already open, you can go to “File” on the top menu, and then “Open” and choose the file you want to open. To speed things up, you can also use the keyboard shortcut COMMAND+O (MAC) “Ctrl+O” (Windows).

How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Line Segment Tool Step 1

Step 2:

Find and equip the Type tool. Look for and select the Type tool, located on the toolbar on the left side of your screen. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “T” to quick-select the tool.

How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Line Segment Tool Step 2

Step 3:

Draw your text box. Click and drag your cursor on your artboard to draw a text box. The text box will automatically fill with dummy text. You can type your own copy and/or customize it via the menu at the top of your screen.

How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Line Segment Tool Step 3

Step 4:

Equip the Line Segment Tool. Look for and select the Line Segment Tool, located on the toolbar on the left side of your screen. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “\” to quick-select the tool.

How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Line Segment Tool Step 4

Step 5:

Underline your text. “Shift+click+drag” your cursor under each line of text you want to underline. You can customize the stroke color and thickness of this line via the menu at the top of the screen.

How To Underline Text In Illustrator Using The Line Segment Tool Step 5

 

How do I remove the Underline from my text?

Either delete the line segment you drew or, if using the Underline tool, simply open the Character menu and click the Underline icon again to deselect it.