Microsoft Word - Rather Than Creating A Drop Cap, Drop An Entire Word Or Phrase (Microsoft Word 2000/2002/v. X/2003)


Creating a drop cap with the Drop Cap feature is pretty simple. But did you know you can drop the first word in a paragraph just by selecting the entire word before executing the Drop Cap command?


To begin:


  1. Select the word you'd like to drop
  2. You must select the first word in the paragraph. If you select more than one word or a word within the body of a paragraph, Word defaults to a single-letter drop cap, dropping only the paragraph's first letter
  3. With the first word selected, choose Format | Drop Cap from the menu bar
  4. Configure the drop cap settings as you normally would and click OK

When you've finished. Word places the selected word in a frame and drops it in accordance with our specifications.


As we mentioned earlier, if you select more than one word and apply drop-cap formatting, Word defaults to a single-letter drop cap. How, then, do you create a drop cap that's more than one word in length? All you need to do is drop the first word in the paragraph using the Drop Cap feature, type the additional words within the frame, and delete the duplicate words from the body of the paragraph.

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