| By Lincoln Spector |
Last month, I told you about improvements in Microsoft Word 2010 that make the program a more organized and configurable writing environment.
This week, I tell you about improvements in Word that give you better, more centralized control of the appearance of your text and inserted images.
Instantly add visual effects to text
Previous versions of Word gave you two methods for managing the appearance of text: regular font styles and WordArt. Both systems were good, but they worked independently of one another; there was no way to combine attributes of both. You couldn’t even search for text inside WordArt.
Word 2010 has both these features plus something entirely new: Text Effects, which gives regular text some of WordArt’s advantages. You can’t twist the text around as you can in WordArt, but you can give otherwise ordinary font styles outlines, shadows, and other touches.
To see what I’m talking about, select some text in a Word document. Then, in the Ribbon’s Home tab’s Font section, click the blue, glowing A.
Up comes a menu with an assortment of 20 other colorful and unusual variations of A. They’re all in the same font but otherwise look very different, as you can see in Figure 1. As you move your mouse pointer across a Text Effects sample, the selected text in your document changes to match the sample.