How To Outline a Font In a Different Color In Word

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Add effects to important parts of your Microsoft Word 2013 documents to draw the attention of your readers. You can outline different parts of the document in different colors, as well as highlight more important pieces of text in a different color. Outlining adds the selected color around each letter; it does not replace the color of the letters. You can change the weight and style of the outline.

Word has a few predefined text effects that you can use.
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Step 1

Open the document you want to edit in Word. Select the text you want to outline and ensure the Home tab is selected.

To select several different blocks of text, hold Ctrl and select each section.

You can select everything in the document by pressing Ctrl-A.
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Step 2

Click the Text Effects and Typography button in the Font group, select Outline and then choose one of the colors in the Theme Colors or Standard Colors section to outline the text.

To remove the outline from the selected text, select No Outline instead of a color. To pick a custom color using the Color Picker, click More Outline Colors.

You can choose a predefined text effect from the Text Effects and Typography menu.
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Step 3

Change the weight of the outline by selecting Weight from the Outline menu and then selecting a different weight. To use a custom weight and outline style, select More Lines from the Weight menu to display the Format Text Effects pane.

The Automatic setting in the Outline menu adds a black outline.
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Step 4

Change the options in the Text Outline section of the Format Text Effects pane to create a custom outline. To use a gradient line, click the Gradient Line radio button. To remove the outline, click No Line.

You can change the color of the outline from the Color box. To change the transparency, enter a different value into the Transparency field. The width -- or weight -- of the outline is controlled by the Width field. Change the Compound Type and Dash Type to use a different type of line. The default values of the Cap Type and Join Type settings are suitable for most users.

To close the Format Text Effects pane, click the X button.
To close the Format Text Effects pane, click the X button.
Step 5

Optionally, highlight an important part of the text to emphasize it. To highlight the text, select it, click the small arrow next to the Text Highlight Color button in the Font group and select one of the available colors.

Highlighting adds a background to the text.
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Step 6

To change the color of the font, click the small arrow next to the Font Color button in the Font group and select an available colors. To pick a custom color using the Color Picker, select More Colors instead of a color. To use a gradient, select Gradient and then pick one of the predefined gradients.

The Font Color setting changes only the color of the letters.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Save the changes to the document by clicking "File" and selecting "Save" from the menu or by pressing "Ctrl-S." Save the document periodically to avoid losing your work in case of a crash or power outage.
  • To remove the formatting from a selection of text, click the "Clear All Formatting" button in the Font group on the Home tab.
  • You can add other effects -- such as shadow, reflection or glow -- to the selected text by clicking the **Text Effects and Typography** button in the Font group and choosing one of the effects.

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