People have (justifiably) bemoaned the disappearance of the formatting buttons on this forum. I just accidentally ran into a shortcut for generating italics/bold/underscore - the single character BB codes. On a Windows platform a Crtl-i will generate the italics BBC. Ctrl-b: Bold. Ctrl-u: Underscore. Not much help I guess. There very well may be more but my browser - Firefox 9 - intercepts them.