Text Effects in Word 2007

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Text Effects in Word 2007
Microsfot Word can add depth to make your text three-dimensional. (Text image by Semfamily from Fotolia.com)

If you are looking for a way to make your Microsoft Word 2007 document more than just a few plain paragraphs on a white page, you should consider adding some text effects. With Word 2007, you can make simple changes to your font, like altering the size and boldness, or you can create and manipulate graphical text with WordArt, along with a number of other special text-based effects.

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Basic Font Effects

You can find the basic font effects on your Word 2007 toolbar in the "Font" area of the "Home" tab. You can manipulate the size and font of the text, as well as make the text bold, italicised or underlined. There are options to change the font colour, and a feature that will highlight selected areas, as if done with a highlighter in a physical book. You can also create text that is a superscript, or just above the normal text height, or a subscript, which is just below the normal text height.

Advanced Font Effects

Clicking on the arrow on the bottom right corner of the "Font" section of your toolbar will bring up the font window, where you will have access to a few additional text effects. You can make the text an outline, removing the solid fill within the text, or you can add a shadow behind the text. There are also options for embossing and engraving, which will respectively make the text look raised up or pressed into the page.

Text Box

The "Text" area of the "Insert" tab also has a few text manipulation features. You can use the text box button to create a dedicated box for text. Once you create the box, you are given a new "Format" toolbar where you can manipulate the colour and size of the box, as well as the direction of the text in the box.

Drop Cap

The drop cap feature is located in the "Text" area of the "Insert" tab as well. By selecting text and clicking here, you can create a giant first letter of the paragraph. You can make the drop cap part of the paragraph, or you can place it in the margin. Through the drop cap options menu, you can change the size and font of the cap as well. Once the drop cap is in place, it acts like a picture, so you can resize it by clicking and dragging one of the corners of the box around the drop cap.


Click the "WordArt" button to see all the different types of supported WordArt effects. Once you pick an effect, type in the words that you want and press "OK." You can then click on the WordArt to access the "Format" tab, where you can quickly change the style of the WordArt, along with editing the text, changing the spacing, switching the text from horizontal to vertical, and adding shadowing effects.

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