How to apply a dropped drop cap

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Also called a drop cap, this style of formatting is often used to mark the opening paragraph of an article.

  1. Click anywhere in the paragraph you want to edit.

  2. On the Text Box Tools Format tab , click Drop Cap , and then select the desired drop cap format.

To create a custom drop cap:

  1. Click anywhere in the paragraph you want to edit.

  2. On the Text Box Tools Format tab , click Drop Cap .

  3. Select Custom drop cap .

  4. In the Select font position and size section :

    1. Choose Drop to have the drop cap fall below the first line of the paragraph, Top to have the drop cap rise above the first line of the paragraph, or Lines to specify the number of lines the drop cap should rise or fall.

    2. Under Letter size , choose the height of the lines the uppercase letter should have for one of the three placement options.

    3. Under Number of Letters , choose the number of first letters in the paragraph that should be formatted as uppercase.

  5. In the Select Font Appearance section :

    1. Clear the Use current font checkbox to select a different font for the drop cap.

    2. Clear the Use current font style checkbox to select a different font style, such as bold or italic, for the drop cap.

    3. Clear the Use current color checkbox to select a different color for the drop cap.

Note:  When you create a custom drop cap, the custom style is added to the list of available drop caps and you can use this style to create other drop caps in the current publication.

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Insert a drop cap

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A drop cap is a large capital letter used as a decorative element at the beginning of a paragraph or section. The size of a drop cap is usually two or more lines.

The following illustration shows your options for placing a drop cap.

Dropped and capitalized on the sidelines

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Add a drop cap

  1. Select the first character of a paragraph.

    Select the first letter of your paragraph.

  2. Go to INSERT > Drop cap .

    The drop cap option is on the Insert tab.

  3. Select the drop cap option you want.

    • To create a suitable drop cap for your paragraph, select Removed .

      From the Drop Cap menu, choose Deleted. Example of a drop cap in the paragraph.

    • To create a drop cap that sits in the margin, outside of your paragraph, select In Margin .

      From the Drop Cap menu, choose In Margin to place capitals in the margin and not in the paragraph. Example of drop cap in the margin.

Tip: You  can change the size and font of the drop cap, as well as its distance from the text. To do this, select Drop Cap > Drop Cap Options and under Options , make your selections.

Delete a drop cap

  1. Highlight the large drop cap.

  2. Go to INSERT > Drop Cap and select None .

    Choose None to remove a drop cap.

See also

Create a first line indent

Add or modify a drop cap

  1. From the View menu , select Print Layout .

  2. Select the paragraph you want to start with a drop cap.

    The paragraph must contain text and cannot be in a text container.

  3. From the Format menu , select Drop Cap .

  4. Select Published or Marginal .

  5. Select the desired options.

Delete a drop cap

  1. From the View menu , select Print Layout .

  2. Select the paragraph containing the drop cap you want to remove.

  3. From the Format menu , select Drop Cap .

  4. Select None .

See also

Adjust indents and spaces

Align or justify text

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