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Apply Theme Effects in Word – Instructions and Video Lesson

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Apply Theme Effects in Word - Instructions: A picture of a user applying different theme effects in Word to a document.

Apply Theme Effects in Word: Overview

            After you apply a theme in Word, you can then apply theme effects in Word. You can change the effects in a theme that change the look of objects in your document. Word uses various borders and visual effects, like shadows and shading, to give your objects a dynamic look and feel.

            To apply theme effects in Word, click the “Design” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Effects” drop-down button at the right end of the “Document Formatting” button group. You will then see 15 different available effect options. To preview how an effect would look on the objects, like shapes, in your document, hover your mouse pointer over an effect in this drop-down menu. To apply an effect, click the effect to apply within the drop-down menu.

Apply Theme Effects in Word - Instructions: A picture of a user applying different theme effects in Word to a document.

Apply Theme Effects in Word – Instructions: A picture of a user applying different theme effects in Word to a document.

Apply Theme Effects in Word: Instructions

  1. To apply theme effects in Word, click the “Design” tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Then click the “Effects” drop-down button at the right end of the “Document Formatting” button group to show the 15 different effect options in a drop-down menu.
  3. To preview how an effect would look on the objects, like shapes, in your document, hover your mouse pointer over an effect in this drop-down menu.
  4. To apply an effect, click the effect to apply within the drop-down menu.

Apply Theme Effects in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Selecting Theme Effects,” shows you how to apply or change the theme effects in Word. This video lesson is from our complete Word tutorial, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2019 and 365.”

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