Whenever you write an essay for college, you have to come up with a topic for it. The same applies to articles you may write for the school newspaper or even emails that you need to send to people. Coming up with the words for the titles is one thing, but making sure they’re capitalized correctly is something else. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen crappy titles on paper, and the last thing I would want is for you to write like that. Thus I am making a simple guide to titling documents so you can write well every time. Let’s get started, shall we?
The general rule of thumb is to capitalize all of the words in a title accept prepositions and articles. Prepositions are words like at, for, of, and about. Articles are a, an, and the. Thus instead of writing “How To Title A Document,” you should write “How to Title a Document.” I will sometimes capitalize prepositions if there is only one of them in the title. This is especially true when it is at the end of the phrase because it sometimes looks funny on its own. “Do What You Want to” just looks funky in my opinion, so I may use my creative license to say “Do What You Want To.” It just depends on what I am writing.
A lot of newspapers will actually make their titles look like sentences, only capitalizing the first word and any proper nouns in the rest of the sentence. This article would be titled “Capitalizing your titles correctly” if it wasn’t being used in this context. I actually don’t like this idea because it draws less attention to the title of a document, but I can see how it would work for a conversational news setting. I sometimes use it when I’m writing out FAQ pages with subheadings.
Speaking of subheadings, you can use these tips for those as well. The same would apply for pictures or videos that you want to use somewhere. As long as there is a need for a title of some sort, you can use these capitalization rules. Just don’t be surprised if someone corrects you on them over time. Everyone has a different idea of how this process is supposed to work, so you will simply have to make adjustments to whatever someone else wants out of you. Use this as a baseline though, and you are sure to find success in your writing.