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Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects

Examples of drop cap, text effects, and WordArt

How do you emphasize text? Often it's the old standbys, bold and italic, or maybe the occasional use of all caps. But Word offers some formatting choices for text that give a bit more visual impact.

These include:

  • A dropped capital letter, used at the start of a document or beginning of a new chapter.
  • Text effects that make letters stand out, such as embossing, engraving, and shadowing.
  • WordArt formatting, which makes a heading or other text flashy and bold.

More examples and details follow.

Note     The feature that animated text, which you may have used in prior Word versions, is not available in Word 2007. However, you can preserve animation created in an earlier document within Word 2007. The Quick Reference Card at the end of the course has details.

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