How to apply and customize Drop Cap in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

Mac Pages Apply Drop Cap

With versions 10.0 for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on Mac came a cool feature. You can add some flair to your document paragraphs with the Drop Cap feature.

You normally see this sort of format in books and written materials. And it’s a quite distinguished looking way to improve the appearance.

While you’ll mostly use this feature in Pages and Keynote where you use a lot of text, this tutorial shows you how to use and customize Drop Cap in Numbers as well Pages and Keynote.

Apply a Drop Cap in Pages

Using the Drop Cap feature is the easiest in Pages. Pages is a word processing application, so it’s supposed to be comprised of words.

Open your document in Pages or create a new one and then follow these steps to use Drop Cap.

1) Put your cursor on the spot where you want to add the drop cap. This is normally the first letter in a paragraph. However, if you have your cursor within the paragraph and apply the drop cap, it will still work correctly.

2) Click the Format button on the top right of the window and select Style.

3) At the bottom of the sidebar, check the box for Drop Cap.

Mac Pages Drop Cap

Apply a Drop Cap in Numbers and Keynote

Using the Drop Cap feature in Numbers and Keynote is slightly different than in Pages. Numbers is mostly made up of numbers and Keynote mostly uses objects. So in order to apply Drop Cap to text in these two apps, your text must be within a shape or eight-handled text box.

1) Add your text to the shape or text box and place your cursor where you want to apply the drop cap.

2) Click the Format button on the top right of the window and select Style.

3) At the bottom of the sidebar, check the box for Drop Cap.

Mac Numbers Drop Cap

Convert a text box in Numbers or Keynote

Keep in mind that you cannot use Drop Cap in two-handled text boxes in either app. But you can easily convert a two-handled text box to an eight-handled one if needed.

Select the text box and then click Format > Shapes and Lines > Reset Text and Object Handles from the menu bar. Then you can follow the steps above to apply the Drop Cap.

Customize the Drop Cap

You can change the appearance of the drop cap in any of the three apps you’re using.

Pick a style

To the right of the Drop Cap checkbox in the Format sidebar, click the Preset Drop Cap Style box. You can click each of the options and see the change to your document immediately. There are currently six attractive options to pick from, but you can also create your own.

Mac Pages Drop Cap Style

If you customize the drop cap using one of the settings we discuss next and want to save that style, just click the plus sign in the Preset Drop Cap Style box.

Mac Pages Drop Cap Add Style

Adjust the height

By default, the drop cap spreads through three lines of text. If you want the capital letter to take up more or less lines, use the arrows next to the Lines option or enter a number.

Mac Pages Drop Cap Lines

Change the number of characters

Also by default, the drop cap applies to the first letter of the first word in your paragraph. But you can change this as well. Maybe you want to use drop cap for the entire first word, for instance. Use the arrows next to the Characters option or enter a number.

Mac Pages Drop Cap Characters

Use extra Drop Cap settings

You can apply even more pizzazz to your drop cap by clicking the Options button in the sidebar.

These settings let you change the number of lines that are raised, the way the text wraps around the drop cap, extra spacing surrounding the capital letter, and the percent of outdent you want to use.

Mac Pages Drop Cap Settings

In addition, you can make the drop cap a background shape by checking that box. If you do, you’ll see another set of options to pick from for the color, border, character scale, and corner radius for that shape.

Mac Pages Drop Cap Background Shape

Wrapping it up

Drop Cap is a cool feature that can really give your documents that something extra. Whether it’s a document in Pages, spreadsheet in Numbers, or slide show in Keynote, keep this terrific style feature in mind.

Are you going to try the Drop Cap feature for one of your documents? If so, let us know your thoughts on the feature!