Text Effects In Word

Text Effects in Word 2016 add flair to your text by applying visual embellishments such as shadows, glows and reflections. The control you have over Word’s Text Effects is vast. You have the choice of applying ready made text effects, or you can change the following attributes individually:

  • outline
  • shadow
  • reflection
  • glow

To apply a ready made Text Effect, first select the text in your document, click on the Text Effects command in the Font group (on the Home tab), and select one from the gallery.

Text Effects Gallery

There is a Live Preview available, so you can hover over a Text Effect to see how it will look if you apply the effect.

There is nothing stopping you applying a ready made Text Effect and then tweaking an individual element manually using the options shown above.

For example, the Text Effect in the gallery above in the bottom left looks excellent, so let’s apply that:

Applying Text Effects

However, it could do with a reflection. To add a reflection, click on Text Effects > Reflection, and select the reflection you want. Again, you can hover over an image in the gallery to see its Live Preview before clicking on it to apply it.

Add Reflection

If you want to have more control over the reflection’s attributes, click on Reflection Options, at the bottom. When you do, the Format Text Effects panel opens up on the right of the workspace with the Reflection Options open.

Here, you can select from a preset, or fine tune the following individually:

  • transparency – type in a specific number, or drag the slider to alter how transparent the reflection is.
  • size – controls how much of the original text is reflected. 100% will make a reflection of the whole of your text, whereas small values will reflect only the part of the text nearest the “floor”.
  • blur – if you want a crisp, clear reflection, set this to 0. If you want the reflection to look a little hazy, increase the blur.
  • distance – alters how far away from the bottom of your text the reflection is positioned. You will usually want only a small gap between the text and its reflection.

Any changes you make in the Format Text Effects window are applied instantly.