How to create a drop cap in Microsoft Word and Google Docs

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Updated: 11/30/2020 by Computer Hope

A drop cap adds a dramatic effect to the beginning letter of a sentence in a chapter of a book and other writings. Drop cap is available in most word processing software, including Microsoft Word and Google Docs. Select a link below and follow the steps to insert a drop cap in your document.

Create a drop cap in Microsoft Word

  1. Open the document containing the paragraph where you want to add the drop cap.
  2. Click anywhere in the paragraph.
  3. In the Ribbon, click the Insert tab (1), then click the drop cap icon (2). Select Dropped or In Margin. Dropped is the most common.

Microsoft Word Insert Drop Cap

  1. To change how many lines your drop cap takes up, click the drop cap icon and select Drop Cap Options.

Word drop cap options

  1. In the Drop Cap window, you can change the number of Lines to drop from 1 to 10. The default setting is three.

Word drop cap lines to drop

  1. You can also change how far away the drop cap appears from the rest of the text. Change the Distance from text setting, adjusting from 0.1″ to 22″ (inches).

Word drop cap distance from text

Create a drop cap in Google Docs

  1. Open the document containing the paragraph where you want to add the drop cap.
  2. Click the beginning of the paragraph.
  3. In the toolbar at the top of the window, click Insert, hover your mouse cursor over Drawing, and select New.

Google Docs insert drawing new

  1. In the Drawing screen that appears, click the down arrow next to Actions, and select Word Art.

Google Docs word art

  1. Type the beginning letter of the paragraph using a capital letter, then press Enter to save it (1). For this example, we’re using a capital I, shown in red below. At this point, you can adjust the dimensions and color of the letter, and other options (2). When you’re finished editing, click the Save and Close button (3).

Google Docs Word Art drawing save

Note

Microsoft Word replaces the first letter of the paragraph when adding a drop cap. Google Docs adds a letter instead. So, in Google Docs, you need to delete the first letter of the paragraph before creating a drop cap to avoid duplicate characters.

  1. Google Docs defaults to setting the drop cap even with the first line of the paragraph. For the drop cap to fall next to multiple lines of the paragraph, click the drop cap letter (1), then, in the menu that appears, click Wrap text (2). You can now click the dots around the letter to alter how the letter appears and how many lines you want it to appear beside.

Google Docs Word Art wrap text

  1. To change the drop cap’s margin or distance from the rest of the text, click the drop cap letter (1), then click the down arrow next to Drawing Margin (2). Select the desired distance value, expressed in inches. The default is 1/8″.

Google Docs Word Art drawing margin

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