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Guide to Using Microsoft Word 2010 Text Effects

written by: Amanda Presley•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 3/27/2011

With the new Word 2010 came new text effects. In this guide, I am going to explain the Microsoft Word 2010 text effects and how to go about using the text effects. If you are curious about these text effects, or want to learn how to use them, take a look at this guide.

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    Microsoft Word 2010 Text Effects

    Microsoft Word Text Effects 

    The Microsoft Word 2010 text effects are great for creating many things like greeting cards, flyers, headers, and more. There are quite a few text effects to choose from and you can edit the text effects to create the effect you want. In this guide, we are going to look at how to open the text effects section, apply text effects, edit text effects, and more.

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    Opening the Text Effects Panel in Microsoft Word

    Microsoft Word Text Effects Menu To get started, let's first take a look at the effects panel by opening it. Opening this panel will allow you to look at the options you have when it comes to using text effects in Microsoft Word. Open a new document and select the Home tab at the top of the window. In the toolbar at the top, find the "A" with the blue glow around it and click the arrow beside it. That will open a menu and you will see the pre-made text effects in the top part and the option you have for editing them in the bottom part of the menu.

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    Using the Text Effects in Microsoft Word 2010

    To use the text effects found in Microsoft Word, you have two options. First, you can select the effect you want to use and then type your text, or second, you can type the text, highlight it and then select the effect. For this tutorial, we will type the text and then apply the effect.

    Type something on your Word document like your name. Then highlight the text you typed. Go to the top of Word and open the text effect menu. Browse through the effects and find the effect that you want to use. Click the effect to apply it. When you place your mouse on an effect, you will see the text you typed change to the effect on which you have placed your mouse. This is a good way to preview the effect before applying it.

    You can also change the font and text size of the text you are creating. Once you have applied a text effect, you can edit the effect by using the options in the bottom part of the menu. You have the option of changing the outline color, adding a shadow, adding a reflection and adding a glow. When you mouse over the options in the bottom of the menu, you will be able to see the changes in the highlighted text. When you find something you want to change, you can click it and the changes will be made. Just make sure you have the text highlighted before making any changes.

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    Ideas for the Text Effects

    Let's take a look at some of the things you can create using the text effects found in Microsoft Word 2010.

    • Greeting Cards - With the text effects, you can create your own greeting cards with the text and a background.
    • Invitations - If you are having a party or a get together, you can use Word and the text effects to create invitations.
    • Flyers - If you want to create flyers for upcoming events, the text effects will work great as headers.
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    Image Credits

    All screenshots were taken by the author for educational purposes only.