How to Use a Drop Cap in Microsoft Word

How to Use a Drop Cap in Microsoft Word. A drop cap is an especially large letter, usually at the beginning of a paragraph. The letter drops from the top of its own line down several lines below. Drop caps are usually used for just the first letter in a book, chapter or article. You can insert a drop cap in a Microsoft Word 97 or 2000 (for PC) or 98 (for Macintosh) document to add style and pizzazz to your page.

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Select the letter you want to convert to a drop cap.

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Go to the Format menu and select Drop Cap.

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Select one of the three positions in the Drop Cap window.

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Select a Font from the scroll-down menu.

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Enter the number of lines you want the drop cap to drop down.

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Select the distance between the drop cap and the rest of the text in inches.

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Click OK.