How do I Insert a Drop Cap in Microsoft Word?

A drop cap is a decorative element used to enhance the visual appeal of a document. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to insert a drop cap in Microsoft Word.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word

Launch Microsoft Word by clicking on its icon in your computer’s taskbar or by searching for it in the Start menu.

Step 2: Open the Document

Open the document in which you want to insert a drop cap by either clicking on “Open” in the Word home screen or navigating to “File” > “Open” and selecting the file from your computer.

Step 3: Select the Paragraph

Click and drag your cursor to highlight the paragraph where you want to insert the drop cap.

Step 4: Go to the Insert Tab

Click on the “Insert” tab located in the ribbon at the top of the Word window.

Step 5: Select Drop Cap

In the “Text” section, click on the “Drop Cap” button. A drop-down menu will appear with different drop cap options.

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Step 6: Choose Drop Cap Format

From the drop-down menu, select the desired drop cap format. You can choose from three options: “Dropped,” “In Margin,” or “None.”

Step 7: Customize Drop Cap Options

If you selected the “Dropped” or “In Margin” drop cap format, you can further customize its appearance. To do this, click on the “Drop Cap Options” button in the drop-down menu.

Step 8: Adjust Drop Cap Lines and Font Size

In the “Drop Cap” dialog box, you can adjust the number of lines the drop cap spans and the font size. Experiment with these settings to achieve the desired look for your drop cap.

Step 9: Preview and Apply

Once you are happy with the drop cap settings, click on the “OK” button to apply it to your document. You will see the drop cap applied to the selected paragraph.


Inserting a drop cap in Microsoft Word is a straightforward process that can add a touch of elegance to your documents. Follow these step-by-step instructions to add a drop cap and make your documents visually appealing.

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