Font Effects in Microsoft Word  What are they? + Guide ▷ 2020

Word allows you to work with different types of fonts, but it also gives you the ability to add effects to them so that they stand out from the rest of the same document.

This will help you generate more efficient titles, create more attractive tables and above all things to tell the reader that there is a difference in that sector of your writing with respect to the rest of the document.

If you want to become an expert in font design, you will have to read this article to the end. We will teach you how to implement and remove all the effects with very simple steps.

What is a text effect and what is it for in Microsoft Word?

The text effect is a function used to create a texture or generate a pattern on the letters so that they can stand out from the rest of the document and in this way it is a more pleasant work to look at.

When you need to make posters, banners or advertisements, this tool is ideal for you. Since with very simple steps you will be able to access the default effects that Word brings and you will be able to use it without any inconvenience.

What are the most basic effects that can be added to the font in Word?

What are the most basic effects that can be added to the font in Word?

The basic effects that you can add to a font in Microsoft Word are the following:

  • Outline: You can choose the thickness and color of the line, as well as the colors that the fill will have. You can also remove this outline for a different effect.
  • Shadow: You will have the possibility to choose an interior, exterior or perspective shadow. This way you will have to choose the degree of transparency, the size, the blur, the reflection and the softness of the edges. The color of the shadow is also an option that you can change.
  • Reflection: With this function you can generate a reflection effect in the words of your document. You can choose different variations of these types of tools.
  • Illuminated: If you want to highlight a word or several generating a lighting effect you can choose this function in which you will have different colors to combine according to your needs.
  • Numbers Style: It is very useful when you use numbers that you want to highlight in the text. You can choose a proportional width alignment, a tabular width, or an old style that will allow you to expose the numbers in different lines.
  • Ligatures: This function refers to the union between each of the letters of a word. You will have to choose different functions that will improve the readability of the text and give it a unique style.
  • Style set: With this tool you will be able to join different styles so that your writing looks its best.

Steps to apply or remove font effects in your Microsoft Word texts

We will show you in the following paragraphs how you can apply or remove effects without wasting time and in this way your text is striking, thus increasing efficiency at work.


When you want to give a different effect to the words of your text, you will have to follow these steps that we will explain below:

  • Select the words you want to modify.
  • Head to the function “Start” on the ribbon.
  • Find the group “Source”.
  • Select the tool “Text and typography effects”, represented by a letter “TO” without fill and with blue outline.
  • A menu with the most used functions will be displayed followed by all the other alternatives you have.
  • Choose the one that suits you best. When you want to modify it, you must click on the drop-down menu to obtain more options.

You must bear in mind that the changes will be made automatically, so you should not press any button to accept the changes.



In case you want to remove the effect you have created, follow this guide:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • Head to the function “Clear format”, represented by a letter A next to an eraser.

You can also select the text and right click. Then choose the option “Styles” and then, “Clear format”.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will also be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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