Apply font color, highlighting, and artistic effects

Word 365
Changing the font color and highlighting the background of the text are basic skills that every Microsoft Word user should master. Artistic effects are rarely used in everyday life, but applying effects is simple as changing the font color.

To change the color of the selected text, do one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the Font Color button:
    Font Color button in Word 365

    If you want to use a different color instead of the proposed, click the arrow down on the right side of the button to open a dropdown list and choose the color you prefer:

    Font Color dropdown list in Word 365
  • If you see the Mini toolbar after selecting a fragment, you can click the Font Color button in it:
    Font Color button in Mini toolbar Word 365
  • Right-click the selected fragment and then click the Font Color button in the Mini toolbar.

To make the selected text pop by highlighting a bright color, do one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the Text Highlight Color button:
    Text Highlight Color button in Word 365

    If you want to use a different color instead of the proposed, click the arrow down on the right side of the button to open a dropdown list and choose the color you prefer:

    Text Highlight Color dropdown list in Word 365
  • If you see the Mini toolbar after selecting a fragment, you can click the Text Highlight Color button in it:
    Text Highlight Color button in Mini toolbar Word 365
  • Right-click the selected fragment and then click the Text Highlight Color button in the Mini toolbar.

To apply artistic effects to the selected text, do the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the Text Effects and Typography button:
    Text Effects and Typography button in Word 365

    In the gallery, click the preformatted effect combination that you want to apply:

    Text Effects and Typography dropdown list in Word 365

    On the menu, click Outline, Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Number Styles, Ligatures, or Stylistic Sets. Then make selections on the submenus to apply and modify those effects.

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