Word 2013 has a lot of formatting capabilities for the text and images that you include in your document. Some of the more basic ones, like Bold, Italics, and font style changes are things that most Word users become familiar with early on, but there are other formatting options that you might not have cause to use. One of these is the Outline feature, which applies a colored outline effect to the selected text in the document.
Our guide below will show you how to use Word’s Outline effect to modify the appearance of the text in your document. You can even adjust the thickness and style of the outline effect if you are trying to achieve a particular appearance.
How to Make Outline Text in Word 2013
The steps in this article are going to show you how to use the Outline font effect in Word 2013. This adds a color to the selected text in your document. The effect is similar to what your text would look like if you just changed the color. However, it does make the text appear thicker. The effect becomes considerably more noticeable as the font size increases.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Select the text to which you wish to apply the outline effect. Note that you can select all of the text in the document by clicking somewhere inside the document, then pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.
Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Text Effects and Typography button.
Step 5: Select the Outline option, then choose the desired color for the text outline. If you wish, you can also click the Weight option to make the border thicker or thinner. You can also select the Dashes option if you want to change the style of the outline.
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