How to Use a Drop Cap in Microsoft Word

By Techwalla Computers Editor

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

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

Step 2

Go to the Format menu and select Drop Cap.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Select a Font from the scroll-down menu.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

Click OK.