Drop Caps

    Computer Tips 4 Writers 

Why would I want to drop my caps?

A drop cap is a large letter that begins a paragraph and drops through several lines of text as shown below.


e can add a drop cap to a paragraph by following these steps. Place the cursor within the paragraph whose first letter will be dropped. Select Format/Drop Cap from the Menu bar.

The Drop Cap dialog window allows you to select the position of the drop cap, the font, the number of lines to drop, and the distance from the body text.

Click OK when all selections have been made.

Tip: To modify a drop cap, select Format/Drop Cap again to change the attributes, or click on the letter and use the handles to move and re-size the letter.

If you select the drop cap, you can change the font and the color as you would any text. 

What gender is a computer? 

A language instructor was explaining to her class that French nouns, unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine. Things like ‘chalk’ or ‘pencil,’ she described, would have a gender association although in English these words were neutral. Puzzled, one student raised his hand and asked, ‘What gender is a computer?’

The teacher wasn’t certain which it was, and so divided the class into two groups and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine. One group was made up of the women in the class, and the other, of men. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The group of women concluded that computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because:
1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the time
they ARE the problem.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a
little longer, you might have had a better model.

The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should definitely be
referred to in the feminine gender because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is
incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending
half your paycheck on accessories for it.


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