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|Text Effects in Word 2003 and Word 2007
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - Office for Mere Mortals
Making ordinary texts look extraordinary has been possible for many versions of Word. Alas, the features can make ordinary text look awful – if you’re not careful.
Back in Word 2003 you had WordArt – a limited set of formatting features for text. It’s somewhat hiding under Insert | Picture | WordArt.
There’s a gallery of choices – most of which have been grossly overused. Choose one that’s near what you want, enter the text, choose a font and size.
To tweak some more, right-click on the WordArt and choose Format | WordArt.
Initially, WordArt seems little different in Word 2007. Under the Insert tab, there’s a WordArt button which opens up the same gallery options as in Word 2003.
The big difference is in the ability and ease of formatting. After you’ve made the initial WordArt object, click on it to see a whole ribbon of options.
Some of the options available (from left):
And finally there’s formatting and positioning options for the entire WordArt box.
The big change is Live Preview which was introduced in Office 2007. With Live Preview you make selections on the ribbon and see those changes immediately appearing in the document.
In a follow up we’ll see how the text effects have been much improved in Office 2010.
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