Capital letters with title case.
Titles can be written in Title Case. This means only using capital letters at the start of the principal words.

Title Case

When writing a name or a title, it is a common convention to only use capital letters to start the principal words. This is called Title Case. When using Title Case, do not use capital letters for prepositions, articles or conjunctions unless one is the first word.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Newcastle upon Tyne / Brighton on Sea

The DiMaggio Line

The Last of the Mohicans     
Although Title Case looks neat, not everybody uses it. Many businesses use capital letters for all the words in their titles. When known, you should copy the official versions.

In Title Case, do not use capital letters for:

Prepositions (e.g., at, under, near, upon, by and of.) (NB: This includes to as part of a verb, e.g., to run.)

Articles (i.e., a, an and the)

Conjunctions (e.g., and, or and but)

The first word of the title is written with a capital letter regardless. For example:

The Last of the Mohicans
Have you seen "About a Boy"?


Understanding Title Case removes the need to think about formatting titles. Some words are short and look awkward when you give them a capital letter. However, if you stick the rules, you will have clear guidance on whether to use a capital or not.

  • I read "How to be Black" in a day.
  • I read "How to Be Black" in a day.

See also:

Capital letters in advertisements
Capital letters and the points of the compass
Using capital letters with proper and common nouns
Capital letters with the four seasons
Capital letters start sentences
Test on using capital letters