Apply shading to words or paragraphs

You can use shading to add a graphic design element to your document.

Note: By shading words or paragraphs in Word, you can create visual interest in a document. The Highlight command offers a more limited color selection, which you can use when you review or edit a document.

Apply or change shading on a word or paragraph

  1. Select the word or paragraph that you want to apply shading to.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to Shading.

  3. Under Theme Colors, click the color that you want to use to shade your selection.

    Applying shading color to text

    Note: If you want to use a specific color that is not a theme color, click a color under Standard Colors or click More Colors to find exactly the color that you want. Standard colors do not change when you change the theme colors for a document.

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