Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Engraving Text.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 27, 2020)
One of the ways in which you can format text in your document is to apply what Word calls "engraving." When you engrave text, it appears to be sunken into the page, with shadowing at the edges. Engraved text is the opposite of embossed text. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. Regular, engraved, and embossed headings.
To engrave text, follow these steps:
Figure 2. The Font dialog box.
You can also play with different font colors and background colors to make the engraved text appear different.
If you're using a document file in Word 2010 or Word 2013 in compatibility mode (in other words, the file is in DOC format, not DOCX or DOCM), the Engrave and Emboss options will be in the Font dialog box just as they are in Word 2007. However, Microsoft removed the options in Word 2010 and Word 2013 for native DOCX and DOCM files.
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