How to Make Bold, Italic, and Underlined Text in iPad Mail

How to Make Bold, Italic, and Underlined Text in iPad Mail 2

The iPad’s native Mail app received a number of significant updates in iOS 5.0, including the ability to create bold, italic, and underlined text.  The process for doing this is similar to the cut, copy, and paste method that most iPad users are already familiar with.  Keep in mind that this functionality is currently limited to the Mail app only.  Read down to learn how to make  text bold, underlined, or highlighted in iPad Mail.

You Will Need:

  • iPad or iPad Mini with iOS 5.0 or later


  1. Open the iPad 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.  Note that you can also adjust the highlighted text by dragging the end of the selected text.
  4. Once you have the text highlighted, you will see the “Cut/Copy/Paste” menu above the text.  Press the arrow on the right side of this menu to scroll over to “B I U” button and select this option.
  5. 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.


If you do not have iOS 5.0 yet, learn how to upgrade an iPad to iOS 5.0 in a few easy steps.  Note that iOS 5.0 will not be released to the general public until Fall of 2011.

2 thoughts on “How to Make Bold, Italic, and Underlined Text in iPad Mail

  1. Reply Cindy Feb 10,2015 9:49 pm

    How do you underline a email address?

    • Reply Dan Feb 26,2015 8:43 am

      Hi Cindy,

      I’m assuming you want it to be underlined and blue so that it is a clickable email address for your recipient. If this is so, you don’t need to worry about it because it will appear blue and underlined when they receive your email (it won’t show underlined on your iPad/iPhone before sending). However, if you want to just underline it anyways, you can do so by following the instructions in this post anyways. Again I don’t think that’s what you are after though.



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