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How to Outline Text in Office 2007

Updated February 21, 2017

Creating outlined text is an easy way to add visual interest to a document. It draws attention to a word or section of the document without seeming too flashy or unprofessional. It is possible to outline text in Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook in the 2007 Microsoft Office suite. Although the location of commands in the task bar changed with the 2007 version of Microsoft Office, none of them were deleted--it's just a matter of finding them.

Select the "Insert" tab at the top of the page.

Select the "Word Art" pull-down menu in the "Text" bubble to the far right of the tool bar.

Select the style of text that you prefer. A word art bubble will appear on your slide or spreadsheet that reads "Your Text Here." Click inside the bubble and type the text you desire. Then highlight the text you wish to outline (if you want to highlight multiple words that are not adjacent, press and hold the "Ctrl" key, highlight the other text, then release "Ctrl"). Go up to the taskbar and select the "Text Outline" pull-down menu from the "Word Art Styles" bubble. Select the colour you want your outline to be.

Further customise your outline. Thin or thicken the outline. Select the "Text Outline" pull-down menu again. Select "Weight" and choose the thickness of your outline. Create a dashed or decorative outline by selecting "Dashes" in the "Text Outline" menu.

Highlight the text you wish to outline (if you want to highlight multiple words that are not adjacent, press and hold "Ctrl," highlight the other text, then release "Ctrl").

Select the "Home" tab at the top of the page.

Select the "Font" pull-down menu.

Select the box labelled "Outline" to outline the text you have selected.

Select "OK" to view the outlined text. You may have to increase the font size to be able to clearly see the outline. To change the colour of the outline, highlight the word. Select the "Font" menu then choose a colour in the "Font color" pull-down menu.

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