If you’ve had a chance to look at the Microsoft Word 2010 Home ribbon, you may have noticed a new button in the Font group. The Text Effects button allows you to apply some pretty cool effects to any text in your Word 2010 document. Let’s take a look.
You can apply a number of effects to any text in the document.
- Select the text you want to format.
- Click the Text Effects drop down.
- Select one of the presets, or apply individual effects (I’m partial to the Reflection effect).
The really cool thing about this is that you can continue to edit the text as you normally would.
One thing I should note about this. If you open the document in Word 2007, the text effects are permanently removed. You can avoid this by creating custom styles for any text effects you’ve applied. If you open the document in 2007, you won’t see the effects, but if you reopen it in 2010, they’ll be there. See Reuse styles across Microsoft Word 2007 documents. Yes, it’s written for Word 2007, but the procedure hasn’t changed in Word 2010.
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