Insert a drop cap

A drop cap (dropped capital) is a large capital letter used as a decorative element at the beginning of a paragraph or section. The size of a drop cap is usually two or more lines. Use drop caps to give your Word document a dramatic and polished look.

A drop cap adds elegance to your text.
  1. Select the first character of a paragraph.

    Select the first letter of your paragraph.
  2. On the INSERT tab, in the Text group, select Drop Cap.

    The Drop Cap option is on the Insert tab.
  3. Select the drop cap option you want.

    • To create a drop cap that fits within your paragraph, select Dropped.

      On the Drop Cap menu, choose Dropped. Example of a drop cap within the paragraph.
    • To create a drop cap that is in the margin, outside of your paragraph, select In margin.

      In the Drop Cap menu, choose In margin to drop the cap in the margin and not in the paragraph. Example of a drop cap within the margin.

Tip: You can change the size and font of the drop cap, as well as its distance from the text. To do so, click Drop Cap > Drop Cap Options, and under Options, make your selections.

Remove a drop cap
  1. Highlight the large drop cap letter.

  2. On the INSERT tab, in the Text group, click Drop Cap > None.

    Choose None to remove a drop cap.

See Also

Create a first line indent

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