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Add Emphasis to Paragraphs with Drop Caps in Word 2007

You can add emphasis to your Word 2007 documents by using Drop Caps… you know, those big letters at the beginning of a document or paragraph that make your document look really professional.

Click the beginning of the paragraph you want to emphasize. Then click the Insert tab on the Ribbon and choose Drop Cap. You can scroll to any of the three preset Drop Caps and the document will change with your choice.  By default it will drop by three lines. 


However, us geeks are never satisfied with default settings.  You will notice in the screen above there is a choice for Drop Cap Options.  In the options screen you can change the font, the number of lines to drop, and position.


Here is the result after choosing the stylish Old English font. (You might want to change the regular font to match)


This is a nice tip for adding 37 pieces of flair to your TPS reports, although using Drop Caps for every paragraph is probably overkill. Used sparingly however, I think it’s a nice creative touch!

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 06/23/07

Comments (4)

  1. Rick Henderson

    Great tip. I’m going to link to it for a university course I teach the labs for on intro computers. The page will be internal to our learning management system so I can’t send you the link for it.. oh what the heck I can post it to my blog!

    Your site is quite interesting and I might check it out more (I’ve lately chronicled some of my own problems with Vista) and I’m beginning to really like the WordPress way of things… I’m looking for a new blog platform.


  2. Sharon Smith

    How do you add a drop cap in Word 2007 but add it inside a text box. I need it for a 3 column newsletter I’m doing.
    Thanks, Sharon

  3. Edwin

    Like Sharon Smith, I also cannot add a drop cap in Word 2007 inside a text box. How do you do it?
    Thank you.

  4. Nayana

    Beautiful tip. used it in my music project. It looks very prof. now. You cannot add a dropped cap in a text box :( sorry Edwin.

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