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How To Insert a Drop Cap in a PageMaker Document

Drop caps are one variety of initial capitals — those oversized letters used at the start of some paragraphs to catch the eye and lead the reader into the text. Here’s how to use the drop cap plug-in in Adobe Pagemaker 6.5 for Windows.

Here’s How:

  1. With the text tool, highlight the letter you wish to make into a drop cap.
  2. Select Utilities | Plug-ins | Drop caps… from the menu bar.
  3. In the Drop cap dialog box change the Size to the number of lines of text you want the letter to drop into the paragraph (the default is 3).
  4. Select Apply to see how the Drop cap will look.
  5. If you don’t like it, select Remove then try again.
  6. When you are satisfied with your Drop cap, select the Close button on the Drop cap dialog box.


  1. If you want to use a different typeface for the Drop cap, make the changes before using the Drop cap plug-in.