How to Make a Drop Cap in PowerPoint

By Kristy Wedel

Microsoft's PowerPoint is a presentation software package that comes with Microsoft Office. It can be used to make and edit presentations. Drop caps are typically located at the beginning of paragraphs and are frequently used in books. They are letters that are larger and take up more lines than the rest of the characters in the paragraph or sentence. It is possible to create a drop cap in Word and then copy it into PowerPoint using paste special. However, PowerPoint doesn't have its own drop cap feature.

Step 1

Open a new, blank Word document, and type the text you want in the PowerPoint slide.

Step 2

Format the text using the ribbon's font section on the "Home" tab. Select the size, font and color as you'd like it to appear on the slide.

Step 3

Select the "Insert" tab and click on "Drop Cap." Select "Dropped." This creates a drop cap with the first letter.

Step 4

Press "Ctrl" + "a" to select all the text, and then press "Ctrl" + "c" to copy it.

Step 5

Open the PowerPoint presentation and go to the slide and text box where you want the drop cap.

Step 6

Click the arrow under the "Paste" button on the "Home" tab and select "Paste special." In the menu, select "Microsoft Office Word Document Object" and click "OK." You can close the Word document now and there's no need to save it, unless you'll be using it for something else.