Embossing Text

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 26, 2016)

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One of the ways in which you can format text in your document is to apply what Word calls "embossing." When you emboss text, it appears to be lifted off the page, with shadowing at the edges. This feature was introduced in Word 97, so it is not available in Word 6 or Word 95. To emboss text, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the text you want to emboss.
  2. Choose Font from the Format menu. Word displays the Font dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Font dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Emboss check box is selected.
  5. Click on OK.

You can also play with different font colors and background colors to make the embossed text appear different.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (637) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 8 - 2?

2016-09-20 22:35:32

Betty

This is good I knew about this one in the old version but what about Word 16?


2013-03-14 14:15:54

jp

I looked for Emboss and Engrave as I use them often. Very disappointed to see that they are not available.


2011-11-21 13:05:36

awyatt

That's why this tip indicates that it only works through Word 2003.


2011-11-21 12:58:11

jb

The "emboss" and "engrave" options are not available in the 2010 version. After checking 2010's font dialog box as directed, I looked throughout the toolbar and any text, font or effects options. It does not give the option anywhere.


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