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In this course, author Alicia Katz Pollock shares the keyboard shortcuts, workflows, and commands that can transform the casual Word 2010 user into a pro. This course covers helpful and lesser-known techniques for making document navigation, content creation, formatting, layout, working with data, graphics integration, and publishing easier. Alicia also includes her favorite top 10 formatting tips in Word, from clearing existing formatting to inserting lines and creating abbreviations with AutoCorrect.
Remember old-fashioned books, they used to stylize the first character at the beginning of each chapter to add a little panache. It's easy to include that flair in your own documents. Start by clicking next to the letter that you'd like to turn into Drop Cap, go to the Insert tab, and go over to the Drop Cap button on the right side of the ribbon. I'll click on it and I have two basic options Dropped and In Margin. I'll go ahead and choose Dropped. Now I have a giant letter T and all my text flows along the side of the textbox.
You can further adjust those settings. Go back to the Drop Cap button and click on Drop Cap Options at the bottom of the dropdown. Here you can change it from Dropped to In Margin if you want to. You can also change the Font. I'll drop this down and I am going to type F and I am going to scroll down to French Script MT. The next setting specifies how many lines you want it to dropdown. I don't want it next to employee manual, I only want my T alongside these two lines. So I'll changes from 3 to 2.
The distance from the text specifies how much space is between the edge of textbox and the words themselves. I'll leave that at 0 and I'll click OK and I'll click off of it. Creating Drop Caps has come a long way since Word 2002. You used to have to cut the first letter, add a textbox, place the letter into the textbox, change the textbox wrap and bump up the font size. Now you can create a Drop Cap in three clicks and edit it with just a few more.
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