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Adding a Drop Cap to a Paragraph in Word

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

A Drop Cap is a large dropped initial capital letter spanning several lines, usually at the beginning of the first paragraph of a chapter or section, that draws attention to that paragraph.

There are two types of Drop Caps: The Dropped style, where the Drop Cap is surrounded by the text in the paragraph as in the first example below, and the In Margin style, where the Drop Cap is placed in the margin, as in the second example below.

To add a Drop Cap, click anywhere within the paragraph where you want to have a drop cap initial for the first word in the paragraph, click the Insert tab and then click the Drop Cap button on the Text group of the Ribbon. A list will display from where you can choose the desired Drop Cap style.

To change Drop Cap options such as the font of the Drop Cap letter, the number of lines across which the Drop Cap will span or the distance the Drop Cap is to be placed from the text, select Drop Cap Options from the list to display the Drop Cap dialog box.

To Add a Drop Cap

  1. Click anywhere within the paragraph to which you want to add a Drop Cap.
  2. Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon.
  3. Click the Drop Cap button on the Text command set. 

  4. Select the Drop Cap style you want from the list (None, Dropped or In Margin).
  5. To modify Drop Cap settings:
    a. Click Drop Cap Options from the list

    b. Select a font for the Drop Cap from the Font drop-down list.
    c. Enter the number of lines across which the Drop Cap should span in the Lines to Drop box.
    d. Enter the amount of distance that there should be between the Drop Cap and the paragraph text (in inches).
    e. Click OK when finished.

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