How to Apply Shading to Text in Microsoft Word

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When you create a document using the word-processing application Microsoft Word, you sometimes will want to call attention to certain parts of the text. For example, you might make a heading in larger type, make it bold, use a different font from the main text or apply shading. Shading helps give text a 3-D look, as it applies a shadow behind the words. Apply shading to text in your Microsoft Word document.

  • Click on a section of text that you want to emphasize with shading in Microsoft Word to select it.

  • Click the "Home" tab.

  • Click the "Font" group.

  • Click the "Text Effects" button, which looks like an outlined letter "A." A pop-up menu appears, showing various preformatted versions of the letter "A" with shading and color effects. Click on one of the "A" versions to apply it to your selected text. You can also click on the "Shadow" option from the pop-up menu, and then click on a specific type of shading effect, such as "Outer," "Inner" or "Perspective."

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