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Formatting Text for Emphasis

If you want to add emphasis or style to text in a document, you can apply text formatting. In addition to the standard formatting options—Bold, Italic, Underline, etc.—Word provides additional text formatting, including Color, Gradient, Strikethrough, Superscript, Subscript, and Highlight, as well as enhanced text effects, including presets, Outline, Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Number Styles (New!), Ligatures (New!) (letter spacing), and Stylistic Sets (New!). In the Font dialog box, you can apply even more effects, including 3-D formatting. To help you format sentences and change capitalization, you can change text case.

Apply Formatting Text Effects

  • yellow-01.jpg Select the text you want to format.
  • yellow-02.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • yellow-03.jpg Click the formatting (Font, Font Style, Size, Bold, Italic, Underline (select a style and color), Strike-through, Superscript, Subscript, or Font Color (select a color or a Gradient) you want.
  • yellow-04.jpg To add a visual effect to text, click the Text Effect button, and then click a preset effect or an option:

    • Outline
    • Shadow
    • Reflection
    • Glow
    • Number Styles (New!)
    • Ligatures (New!)
    • Stylistic Sets (New!)
  • yellow-05.jpg To change text case, click the Case button, and then click the option you want:

    • Sentence case.
    • lowercase
    • UPPERCASE
    • Capitalize Each Word
    • tOGGLEcASE
  • yellow-06.jpg To highlight text, click the Highlight button arrow, and then click the color you want.

    • Add highlight. Click a color.
    • Remove highlight. Click No Color.

Apply Other Formatting Effects to Text

  • yellow-01.jpg Select the text you want to format.
  • yellow-02.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • yellow-03.jpg Click the Font Dialog Box Launcher.
  • yellow-04.jpg Click the formatting (Font, Font style, Size, Font color, Underline style, and Underline color) you want.
  • yellow-05.jpg Click to select the effects (Strike-through, Double strikethrough, Superscript, Subscript, Small caps, All caps, and Hidden) you want.
  • yellow-06.jpg To custom text effects, such as a text fill or outline with a solid or gradient, shadow, reflection, glow and soft edges, or 3-D format, click Text Effects, click the Text Fill & Outline (New!) or Text Effects (New!) button, expand options as needed, specify the options you want, and then click OK.
  • yellow-07.jpg Check the results in the Preview box.
  • yellow-08.jpg To make the new formatting options the default for all new Word documents, click Set As Default, and then click Yes.
  • yellow-09.jpg Click OK.
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