Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Applying a Text Outline
Bold and italic are actually considered font styles . You can apply one of these four
styles to your text: Regular, Bold, Italic, or Bold Italic. In some fonts, each of these
styles is formed with a separate character set that is embedded in the font fi le, and
the letters are actually different shapes. However, in other fonts, bold is simulated
by making each character a little thicker, and italics are simulated by tilting each
character to the right. Figure 5.12 shows the difference between these font types.
Some fonts use different character sets for bold and italic, while others do not.
Bold characters are thicker in
some spots but not in others
Italic characters are a different
shape from regular characters
Bold characters are thicker
versions of regular characters
Italic characters are tilted
but shaped the same
Some attributes apply an effect on top of — or in addition to — the text. These
include underlining, strikethrough, and double strikethrough.
Superscript and Subscript attributes are used for setting off symbols and numbers
for footnotes, chemical notations, exponents, and so on. They raise or lower the
affected text and also shrink it by about 30 percent (this is the default setting,
although you can also customize the percentage).
Shadow formatting takes two forms. If you apply it with the button in the Font
group, then it is available in all presentations, even legacy ones, and it simply
places a slightly offset gray copy behind the characters. You can also apply shadow
formatting from the WordArt Styles group to create different types of shadows.
All Caps formatting appears to change lowercase letters to their uppercase equiva-
lents. However, they are not really uppercase; they’re just formatted this way.
Removing the All Caps attribute returns the text to its normal appearance.
Small Caps formatting is similar to All Caps except that letters that are normally
lowercase appear slightly smaller than letters that were already uppercase to begin
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