Word 2010 has some really nice preset drop shadows with adjustable settings.
Here's a Perspective shadow that's a snap to create in Word 2010, but would take a lot a time and fiddling to create in something like PaintShop Photo Pro X3.
There's also a very nice Reflection effect.
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I made a nice little calendar table in Word 2010 and then pasted it into a plain Text Box so I could add a Shape Style to it (gradient background and border with drop shadow).
There are just so many fun expressive things I can do within Word.
In Word 2010, I can use a Page Background Color in Print Layout View.
I usually color the background because it is easier on my eyes.
But in Word 97, I was stuck with Web Layout View only, which had its disadvantages.