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Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects

Text with different font effects applied

Examples of a drop cap, embossed text, WordArt, and text animation.

How do you emphasize text? Often it's the old standbys, bold and italic, or maybe the occasional application of all caps. But Word offers some formatting gems that you might not have been aware of.

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This lesson reveals a range of special graphical text effects that, when used sparingly, can give a document strong visual impact:

  • Font effects such as embossing, shadows, and outlining.
  • Drop caps.
  • WordArt.
  • Animations.
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