How to Add Text Shadow Effect in Microsoft Word

In this article, we will walk you through how to add, customize, and remove the text-shadow effect in Microsoft Word.

How to add text shadow effect in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Office Word offers a variety of effects, well enough for you to create a stand-out document. This guide will show you how to add and customize the shadow effect to any text.

To add a shadow to a text in Microsoft Word, select any text you want to have the effect. Click on the Text Effects and Typography icon from the Home ribbon tab, move the mouse cursor over the Shadow menu, and your desired effect preset.

For more detailed directions, check the following step-by-step guides.

Add a Text Shadow Effect in Word

Follow the steps to add a shadow effect to your text in Microsoft Word:

  1. Open an existing document and select any text you want to have the shadow effect.
    Word - Select the text to add shadow
  2. Click on Text Effects and Typography in the Home ribbon tab.
  3. Hover the mouse cursor over the Shadow menu, and select your preferred shadow effect from the available presets.
    Word - Go to Home - Text Effects - Shadow - Select Effect

You will see the selected shadow effect applied to your selected text. 

Customize Text Shadow Effect in Word

If you’re not satisfied with the available presets in Word, you can customize the effect to your need. Use these steps to do that:

  1. Select any text you want to have the shadow effect.
  2. Click on Text Effects and Typography in the Home ribbon tab.
  3. Hover the mouse cursor over the Shadow menu, and select Shadow Options.
    Word - Go to Home - Text Effects - Shadow - Shadow Options
  4. It will open the Format Text Effects sidebar. Word - Format Text Effects Options

Here is what you can customize for the shadow effect:

  1. Presets – the sample effects you can quickly use to apply a shadow effect to your text. It has options to add outer, inner, and perspective-type shadows.
  2. Transparency – change the transparency percentage of the shadow effect. 0% means opaque, and 100% means invisible.
  3. Color – changing the color of the shadow effect.
  4. Size – change the size of the shadow effect.
  5. Blur – change the blur level of the shadow effect.
  6. Angle – change the rotation angle of the shadow effect.
  7. Distance – change how far the shadow away from the text.
    Word - Format Text Effects

Notice the difference when you change each shadow option. When you find your desired one, you can close the sidebar.

Remove a Text Shadow Effect in Word

To remove the shadow effect from any text in Word, use these steps:

Method 1: Apply None Text Shadow Effect

  1. Select any text you want to remove the shadow effect.
  2. Click on Text Effects and Typography in the Home ribbon tab.
  3. Hover the mouse cursor over the Shadow menu, and select the None preset under the No Shadow section.
    Word - Go to Home - Text Effects - Shadow - None

Method 2: Clear All Formatting

  1. Select any text you want to remove the shadow effect.
  2. Click on the Clear All Formatting icon in the Home ribbon tab.
    Word - Clear All Formating

That’s how you can easily add, customize, and remove the text shadow in Microsoft Word. Please leave any questions you might have while doing this tutorial. You can do that by simply using the comments section below.

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