Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 10: Word 2010 Inside Out
As an alternative to choosing from the gallery, you can use the Format Text Effects
dialog box, which offers more precise control and options not available in the gallery
presets. Additional options include gradient ills, gradient lines, shadow colors, and
threedimensional bevel effects. To summon Format Text Effects, which is shown in Figure 10-2,
choose the Options command at the bottom of the Shadow, Reflection, or Glow gallery. Or
in the Font dialog box, click Text Effects.
Figure 10-2 For each effect, you might find it easiest to start with a preset and then tweak the
settings.
These effects are similar to those available for WordArt; indeed, you can apply any of these
effects to text within a WordArt object. However, there are some good reasons to apply
text effects to normal document text instead of using WordArt. Document text with effects
applied works just like any other document text: you can search for it and check its
spelling, for example. In addition, you don’t need to mess with positioning and text wrapping
because formatted document text lows with other text. On the other hand, WordArt offers
some additional effects, such as using a texture as ill. Also, WordArt objects can be inserted
in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook documents, whereas the text effect techniques
described in this section are available only in Word. If you want to reuse your fancy
formatted text in another program, use WordArt so you can paste it in the other program. For
more information about WordArt, see “Applying Text Effects with WordArt” on page 182.
Text effects can be included in paragraph, character, list, and table styles. For
information about working with styles, see “Giving Your Documents a Consistent Appearance” on
page 224.
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