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Drop Caps

A drop cap is an enlarged and/or repositioned character at the beginning of a paragraph. Word supports two types of drop caps (Figure 10):

  • Dropped enlarges the character and wraps the rest of the text in the paragraph around it.

  • In Margin enlarges the character and moves it into the margin.

Figure 10. The same first lines of a paragraph three ways: without a drop cap (top), with a drop cap (middle), and with an in margin drop cap (bottom).


Tips

  • Word creates drop caps using frames, a feature that enables you to precisely position text on a page or in relation to a paragraph. Frames is an advanced feature of Word that is beyond the scope of this book.

  • To see drop caps, you must be in Page Layout view or Print Preview. A drop cap appears as an enlarged character in its own paragraph in Normal view (Figure 11).

    Figure 11. A paragraph with a drop cap when viewed in Normal view.


To create a drop cap

1.
Position the insertion point anywhere in the paragraph for which you want to create a drop cap.

2.
Choose Format > Drop Cap (Figure 5).

3.
In the Drop Cap dialog that appears (Figure 12), click the icon for the type of drop cap that you want to create.

Figure 12. The Drop Cap dialog.


4.
Choose a font for the drop cap from the Font pop-up menu.

5.
Enter the number of lines for the size of the drop cap character in the Lines to drop text box.

6.
Enter a value for the amount of space between the drop cap character and the rest of the text in the paragraph in the Distance from text box.

7.
Click OK.

If you are not in Page Layout view, Word switches to that view. You can then see that the first character of the paragraph appears as a drop cap (Figure 10).

To remove a drop cap

Follow the steps above, but select the icon for None in step 3.

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