You’ve probably seen drop caps at the beginning of chapters in books (fairy tales are a prime example).  A drop cap is the first letter of a paragraph that extends down below the first line of the paragraph.  A drop cap can be set inside the paragraph, like the first paragraph in the image above, or in the margin of the page, like the second paragraph above.  Microsoft Word has a built in feature to make drop caps easy.

Apply a Drop Cap in Word 2007 and 2010

  1. Click on the first word in your paragraph.
  2. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  3. In the Text section on the right, click on the Drop Cap button.
  4. Select Dropped or In margin, depending on if you want a regular drop cap (first example above), or an in margin drop cap (second example above).

Drop Cap Options

You can adjust the size of your drop cap, how far the text is from the drop cap, and the font of the drop cap in the Drop Cap Options.

Access Drop Cap Options

  1. Click on the first word in your paragraph.
  2. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  3. In the Text section on the right, click on the Drop Cap button.
  4. Select Drop Cap Options.

Position – This is another place you can adjust whether you have a dropped letter, an in margin drop cap, or no drop cap.

Font – Adjust the font of your drop cap here by clicking on the drop down arrow and selecting a different font.  You can also adjust the font of the drop cap without accessing the Drop Cap Options.  Do this by selecting the drop cap letter in your paragraph and adjusting the font with the Font box on the Home tab of the ribbon.  In the examples above, I changed the font to Algerian.

Lines to drop – Here you can determine how many lines of regular text your drop cap will cover.  I recommend using an odd number for aesthetic purposes.

Distance from text – Here you can set the amount of space between your dropped letter and the rest of the paragraph.