How to Create the Shadow Effect in Microsoft Word

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Shadow is one of the effects offered in Microsoft Word to jazz up your documents, posters or other files, giving your text or objects a 3-D look. Word gives you options such as what direction to offset the shadow and whether you want it within or outside the object itself. You can also control shadow aspects like color, size and angle to personalize the effects.

Preset options make choosing shadow effects simple.
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Step 1

Type text in Word and then select it. The shadow effect may not be apparent with small font sizes, so try a heading or any large size text.

Type and highlight some text.
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Step 2

Click the "Text Effect and Typography" button from the Font section in the Home tab. From the drop-down menu, mouse over "Shadow" and pick the shadow effect you want from the list -- "Offset Diagonal Bottom Right" for example.

Choose a shadow effect.
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Step 3

Adjust aspects of the shadow by clicking "Shadow Options..." in the Shadow menu. Click the paintbrush to choose the color for the shadow. Click and drag the bars to adjust the Transparency, Size, Blur, Angle and Distance options, or enter a value in the boxes to the right. The results of the effects may be subtle, especially for small font sizes.

Customize the shadow.
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Step 1

Click "Shapes" in the Illustrations section of the Insert tab. Pick a shape you want in your document -- "Lightning Bolt" for example. Enlarge the shape so that the shadow effects can be seen clearly.

Choose a shape.
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Step 2

Double-click the shape, which opens the Drawing Tools Format tab, providing access to several style options. To add a shadow, click "Shape Effects" in the Shape Styles section. Click the shadow you would like to use -- "Offset Diagonal Top Right" for example.

Choose a shadow effect.
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Step 3

Click "Shadow Options..." in the Shadow menu to adjust aspects of the shadow. For large shapes, you can make dramatic customized shadows. For example, the pictured Lightning Bolt shadow is green, more transparent, larger, set at an angle, and offset at a greater distance.

Customize your shadow.
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