I'm trying to make some colouring in pages for my daughter, and want to make a large letter per page for her to colour in.

On Windows I could select a letter, choose font and there's an outline option that I can check.

I can't see this on Microsoft Word for Mac - 16.23 - Office 365 Subscription.

Is anyone aware of ways to achieve this?

Font options in Office on Windows

Font options in Office on Mac

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    Are you using PowerPoint or Word and what license is applied? The same apps behave differently based on licensing now. An edit to show the version of a specific app might help us help you.
    – bmike
    Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 11:55
  • Microsoft Word for Mac - 16.23 - Office 365 Subscription
    – n8udd
    Commented Apr 14, 2019 at 12:33

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Latest version of Word and works fine using Format and Font, with no fill and outline : enter image description here

  • That's what I was looking for, but can't see it on my version (image added to OP). What version are you using?
    – n8udd
    Commented Apr 14, 2019 at 12:34
  • Office 365 latest version... I selected the text then format menu > font which brings that text selection box on rhs..
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Apr 14, 2019 at 12:37

If you have a problem with Word, Apple's standard TextEdit or Pages lets you do this via Format > Font > Outline.


I'm stuck on Word 2011. If I choose the Format | Font menu option I get a dialog box which has, at the bottom, a button labelled Text Effects. Pressing that opens another dialog where setting Text Fill to No Fill and Text Line to black results in an outlined character.

I don't have a later version of Word to test this on, do let us know if this works for your version.

  • This is, strictly speaking, a different thing that achieves a similar effect. (Combining this with font outlines can, iirc, give you an outline of an outline.) But it should be available on later versions, in a different menu.
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 17:42

The version of Word that you have should include WordArt, which allows you to do outline text.

For example:

  • Word 2016 for Mac: on the Insert tab, click WordArt.

  • Word 2011 for Mac: on the Document Elements tab, under Text Elements, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt that you want.

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