Let’s imagine the following situation, we have a complete text written in some word processor, such as Microsoft’s Word, and although we have written this text correctly in upper and lower case letters accordingly, we need the text to be all in capital letters, or vice versa.
In this situation we should not despair, since there is no need to start transcribing the entire text manual, which depending on the extension of the same can become a more than tedious task.
Fortunately, most of the Word processing programs offer us a series of functionalities that allow us to carry out this work almost automatically, just by pressing a couple of keys on our keyboard.
In this article we tell you what the procedures to be used to convert a text from upper case to lower case and vice versa, in a simple and fast way.
Upper case letters
Before delve into the use of upper and lower case letters as the case may be, and prior to knowing the procedures to perform the change of type of letters in a word processor on the computer let’s see what differences exist between the two.
The first thing we should know is that the etymological origin of the word “capital” comes from the Latin, and derives from the word “maisculus”, which arises from the conjunction of “maior”, which means “major”, and the suffix “- cula”, which refers to diminutive.
Therefore, we can note that when we speak of something that is capital we are referring to something greater or greater than the common of its type or species. That is why when we say that a letter is of the uppercase type, which we simply refer to as “capital”, we are indicating the difference between it and its corresponding lowercase letter.
Logically we can infer that a lowercase letter is less than its corresponding capital letter, since the latter is characterized by having a larger size, as well as in many cases it has a different shape.
Since childhood, when we went to school, we have been taught that the use of capital letters is determined by a series of spelling rules. Generally speaking, we should use capitals when we start a new sentence or paragraph, after there is a period.
Also, uses the capital letters for proper nouns , that includes names of people, countries, cities, trademarks and others, as well as in divine attributes, such as when in a religious text we mention the Lord, or to write the name of study careers, such as Medicine, or when we use the degree of training of a professional, for example a Doctor, or a political office as President.
But the use of capital letters correct spelling is not limited to these examples alone. Capital letters are also used in acronyms (example: AFIP, FBI, NASA), in certain words included in judicial and legislative texts (example: LOCATARIO, OWNER, EXPOSES).
Although the use of capital letters, according to the spelling rules should be limited to these aspects mentioned above, the truth is that when we enter the world of the internet we will see that many times capital letters are used in various occasions that are not included in these rules, we will even find sentences and complete paragraphs all written in capital letters.
A few years ago, before the explosion of popularity of social networks, capital letters were commonly used in chats, in order to express a scream, that is to say to indicate to our interlocutor that we were shouting the written phrase.
So it was that for years, on the internet, the fact of writing a complete text in capital letters meant a cry for attention. However, today the truth is that many people tend to write everything in capital letters, so at the end of the day many do not know differences of a capital letter from a lowercase in terms of its meaning.
So, is it correct that we write everything in capital letters on the Internet or not? Well, the specific answer to this question is NO. Although we all have the possibility to express ourselves on the internet in the way we want, due to the great freedom that exists in this virtual platform, the truth is that we should always take into account rules of coexistence.
Just as it is not okay for us to go through life yelling at people, the same should happen in our internet activity, and avoid yelling at others users through the constant use of capital letters.
Also keep in mind that many times our message can be misinterpreted by others, since perhaps our intention is not to express something by yelling, but writing it completely in capital letters is what we are ultimately implying.
Let us also bear in mind that the fact of writing on the internet yes mpre with sustained capitalization can be considered an offensive act. According to what the experts maintain, when people read a written text, all capitalized, it generates a psychological impact, and therefore everyone will think that we are angry or that we want to impose our opinion.
In addition, and no less important to the rest of the fundamentals that we have exposed so far, it is important to note that most people abandon reading publications when they are completely written in capital letters.
It should be noted that there are other methods that we can use when we need to highlight a word or a phrase in our internet publications, without needing to use capital letters . One of them is to use asterisks (*) to enclose the word or phrase, or to write the word spacedly, that is, leaving a space between each letter of it.
From uppercase to lowercase with online converters
If we have a text that is completely written in capital letters, and we need to convert those letters to lowercase, we know well that this task can be manually transformed in a more than tedious job.
Fortunately, there are several tools that allow us to perform this procedure automatically, and a very interesting alternative is focuses on the free online converters available on the internet.
Here are some of the most prominent online converters.
It is a free site that we can access from any web browser, and its main characteristic is that it is really easy to use.
We only have to access through this link and We will find two empty white squares. In the one that is in the right area of the screen we must paste the text in capital letter that we have previously copied.
After that we must press one of the buttons of one of the options that it offers us, among which is included capitalize text, uppercase after the dots, all lowercase or all uppercase.
The converted text will show few moments later in the same box in which we pasted the original text.
This is another online option with which we can change a text uppercase to lowercase automatically and in a few seconds.
Like the previous one, we must access page through this link after which we will have that on one of the buttons of the four options that we offers the service, including capital letters, lowercase letters, 1 capital letter and after the period.
The text will appear in the same box where we paste the original text, what which will take a few seconds, depending on the length of the text.
This is another online service alternative to carry out the process of pass a text written in uppercase to lowercase, but the interesting thing about this page is that it offers us some more alternatives than the previous ones.
Its use is very simple, we must first access the web through this link after which we paste the text in capital letters in the corresponding box, and then click on one of the buttons of the option that we want to use.
Among the options offered On the site, we find in addition to the possibility of passing a text from uppercase to lowercase that we can also change the format, opt for an alternate format, copy to the clipboard, among others.
The case converter offered by the Pinetools website is perhaps the most interesting of those mentioned in this article, since it includes a good number of options to modify the format of the texts automatically.
In principle we access the service through this link . After that we paste the text that we have previously copied and that we want to modify in the blank box that indicates “Original text.”
Next we will see that in the right area of the screen we we find a drop-down menu, in which we can choose the options of lowercase, capitals, word start, titles and other.
We choose the corresponding option, and after a few moments the text converted we will find it in the box that indicates “Converted text”, that is under this menu.
It should be noted that if we choose the option “ Other ” a new menu box will be displayed with more options, including format changes such as reverse, toggle, camel, pascal, hyphen, viper.
C change lowercase to uppercase in Excel
The Excel program includes the possibility of changing the format of the words written in a document, either to change from uppercase to lowercase or vice versa, which we can also do in a cell in particular or in a set of cells.
Here is how to do it.
To replace the letter format of a single cell we must carry out the following steps:
We run the Microsoft spreadsheet app and open the document we want to modify. Then we select the cell in which is located the text in capital letters that we want to change to lowercase.
In the box of “Formulas” we must type MINUSC and then press the Enter key.
It should be noted that depending on how we want to modify the text format, we must bear in mind the following indications:
Write UPPER if we want to change from lowercase to uppercase, write MINUSC if we want to change from uppercase to lowercase, or write NOMPROPIO to change the selected text in the form of a proper name.
In order to replace the format of the letters of several cells, we must carry out the following steps:
With the Excel document to be modified open, the first thing we must do is select an empty cell in which we will insert the format change.
After that we go to the tab “ Formulas” and click on the option “Insert function” .
A search box will be displayed in which we must type MINUSC so that it finds all those words that we want change from uppercase to lowercase.
It is important to mention that we must write UPPER to change from lowercase to uppercase, or write MINUSC to change from upper case to lower case, or write NOMPROPIO to change the selected text in the form of a proper name.
The next step is to click on the “Accept” button.
Next we will have to select the cell in which we want to change the format, and then click on the expand dialog icon, after which in the next box we press the OK button to complete the procedure.
In the case that we want to change the format in more cells, we must repeat the steps as well as we can also choose to change the formula to be able to apply a different function in this way.
Change from uppercase to lowercase in Word
When we need to convert a text written in Word, in order to be able to change the capital letters to lowercase, fortunately we have very interesting functionality in this word processor.
The procedure is extremely simple, and we explain it to you next:
Of course the first thing we will do is run Word and open the document we want to modify.
The following will be to select with the mouse the word, the phrase or the paragraph that we want to change, or if it is the entire document, we can choose the option “Select everything ”.
Then we simultaneously press the Shift and F3 keys.
It should be noted that each time we press the key combination s Shift and F3 the text will change its format from uppercase to lowercase and vice versa, and if we repeat this procedure a third time, the text will remain with only the first letter of each of the words in uppercase.