How to Make Bold, Italic, or Underlined Text on the iPad Mini

The first thing any iPad mini owner wants to do is learn how to create nice big bold underlined text so that they can fully express themselves. Ok maybe not, but knowing how to format text on your mini is still a useful skill to have. I’ll walk you through the simple process of creating bold, italic, and/or underlined text.

Before I do,  it’s important to know that out of the default apps on the iPad mini, you can only create this type of text in the Mail app. It does not work in the Messages or Notes app unfortunately. Other 3rd party apps such as text editors or others may allow this type of text as well.



You Will Need:

  • iPad mini


1 .Open the Mail app to get started.

2. Begin composing a new email message and type a few words in the body of the email.

3. Now press and hold your finger on top of one of the words until the “Select/Select All/Paste” menu pops up. Press either “Select” to select only the one word or “Select All” to select everything.  Alternatively, you can double tap a word which will automatically select it. You can also adjust what is highlighted by dragging the ends of the highlighted text.

4. Once the text is selected, you will see the “Cut/Copy/Paste” menu above the text.  Press the arrow on the right side of this menu.

5. Press the”B I U” button to bring up the bold/italic/underlined options on your iPad.  If you don’t see the “B I U” button, make sure that you have upgraded to the latest version of iOS.

6. The “Bold/Italic/Underline” menu will now be displayed above the highlighted text.  Press the appropriate button to make the text bold, italic, or underlined.

And that’s basically it. You can select as much text as you want on your iPad mini and make it bold and/or italic and/or underlined. You can also undo any of these text effects by following the steps above again. For example, if you select a word that is already bold and hit “Bold” again it will go back to being plain text.

How to Change Text Size on the iPad

Do you want to learn how to increase text size on your iPad? With the more recent versions of the operating system, Apple has made it easy to increase the font size on the iPad and iPhone. I’ll show you how to do this step by step in this tutorial.

It’s important to note that changing this setting will not change the size of the font in every single app on your iPad. For example, you can’t adjust the size of text in 3rd party apps such as Yelp or Facebook. The good news though is that you can control it in commonly used apps such as Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Messages, and Notes.
You Will Need:

  • iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod Touch (AKA any iOS device)
  • 5 seconds….OK maybe 8



1. To change the size of text on some of the most commonly used iPad and iPhone apps, open Settings/Accessibility/Large Text.


2.  In the resulting screen, you can select from a number of different fonts. To keep text at the standard size, keep it selected as “Off”. Otherwise, you can increase text size from 20pt all the way up to 56 point font, which is massive.

3. To decrease font size on the iPad at any time, simply go back into Settings/Accessibility/Large Text and change it to a smaller text.

I told you Apple made it easy, just like most things on the iPad. Hopefully now you can keep those reading glasses off as you use your iPad to send email. Remember that for some other apps where you can’t control the font size, you still may able to zoom in (by pinching the screen) to make things easier to read. This doesn’t work in all apps but for some it may help. You can also try rotating the ipad to landscape orientation which may increase the size of objects on the screen, even when pinch to zoom doesn’t work.



How to Use Smiley Faces in iMessage

The rumor on the street is that you want to learn how you can put smiley faces in your iMessages. The good news is that you are in luck. Whether you call them smiley faces, emoji, or emoticons, it’s easy to start using emoticon faces and other objects in iMessage. In fact, it can be addicting trying to have entire conversations using only these icons. So give ahead and give it a try!


You Will Need:

  • iOS 5.0 or later (don’t worry, you probably have this already)
  • iPad or iPad Mini or iPhone or iPod Touch



1. Ok, first things first. You need to enable the emoji keyboard on your iPad or iPhone. Click that link and follow the steps to turn on emoticons.

2. To start adding smiley faces in Message, start a new iMessage conversation in the Messages app.

3.  Press the globe icon to switch to the emoji keyboard. This icon is located to the left of the space bar.


4. Now add all the smileys, cars, animals, and random/bizarre emoticons you want into your iMessages! Make sure to check out the different categories and swipe left/right within each category to see the pages and pages of smileys and other shapes. There are some ridiculous and perhaps questionable ones in there, so have fun.