Microsoft Word comes equipped with a wide variety of fonts and many tools to
allow you to be creative with your word processing. Yet, from what I see, most
people don’t go any farther than using boldface and a larger font size and
maybe a different color for the headings and parts of text they need to
While in business documentation the use of fancy fonts and excessive
decorations may not be appropriate, knowing the full potential of Microsoft
Word will be very helpful when designing a newsletter, a brochure, or a card.
First of all, I would recommend you to check all the available fonts. You
will find them in the upper left corner; there is a little white box there that
probably says “Times New Roman” – the default font you are most likely using.
If you click on it and scroll down, you will see all the other font names and
samples of them. There are fonts that look like handwritten script, fonts that
are slim and narrow or thick and bold, fonts that look formal, informal, and
funny – in other words, enough to find something useful for whatever project
you are working on.
Color and Special Effects
When you have chosen the font you like, you can experiment with color and
special effects. There are two ways to change the font color. First is through
the little button you should have on your toolbar, an underlined letter “A”;
the second way is to click on “Format,” also on the toolbar, and then on
“Font.” The window that will open will not only allow you to change the font
color but also let you use special effects like adding shadow to your text. You
will see little checkboxes titled “Shadow,” “Outline,” “Emboss,” “Engrave,”
“Small Caps,” etc. Try and select each one; a sample text below will show you
what happens and how it changes the text.
Another handy tool is Borders and Shading; you will find it under “Format”
as well. That feature allows you to put a border around certain parts of your
text, in many different styles. Your border can be plain, or 3-dimentional, or
have a shadow. You can choose how thick it is and you can change the color of
the border. The “Shading” feature allows you to fill the border with color –
inside. Imagine, for example, how much better the heading “My Newsletter” will
look if you make it blue, surround it with a blue border and fill the border
with, say, yellow… But wait, even that is not all.