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Word 2013 Bible by Lisa A. Bucki

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CHAPTER 15

Adding Drop Caps, Text Boxes, Shapes, Symbols, and Equations

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Decorating a document with a drop cap
  • Understanding text boxes and when to use them
  • Using a text box preset or drawing your own
  • Formatting text boxes
  • Adding and formatting shapes
  • Adding text to a shape to make it a text box
  • Inserting symbols and special characters
  • Inserting built-in gallery equations or creating your own
  • Editing and numbering equations

This chapter zeroes in on a group features that you can use to add decorative interest or emphasis to text or to incorporate special information in ways not possible through basic typing. The chapter starts by looking at drop caps and text boxes, which you can use to emphasize text. You'll also learn how to insert and format basic shapes. Depending on how you position and format shapes, you can create some interesting effects, including adding text to a shape to make it into your own unique text box.

This chapter also covers symbols, including how to locate the symbol you need and how to insert it into your document. Then it's time to put on your Dexter glasses and look using Word's equation tools to represent often complex concepts in mathematics, statistics, engineering, and other quantitative fields.

Adding a Drop Cap for Drama

When you want to emphasize the beginning of an article or a chapter, try converting the first character or word of the paragraph into a drop cap. This historical technique was developed to call attention to the first ...

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