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Using WordArt to Create a Headline
Using WordArt to Create a Headline
Joel asks you to create a title for the newsletter that looks like a newspaper headline. You
will use WordArt to achieve this effect. WordArt is specially formatted, decorative text.
In addition to the formatting you apply to regular text, you can apply to WordArt
special effects such as shadows, outlines, and ﬁ ll colors similar to those you would use to
enhance other graphical objects. You can create WordArt out of existing text in a
document by ﬁ rst selecting the text, and then, in the Text group on the Insert tab, clicking the
WordArt button, and then selecting a WordArt style from the gallery that opens. You can
also click the WordArt button in the Text group on the Insert tab, and then click the style
you want in the WordArt gallery to open a WordArt text box containing placeholder text,
which you can then replace with the text you want to format as WordArt. After you type
your new WordArt text, you can format it just as you would ordinary text, by changing its
font and font size, adding bold and italics, and so on.
WordArt is considered an object —that is, something that you can manipulate
independently of the text. You can drag the WordArt to a new location, wrap text around it,
and choose from a greater variety of text effects than are available with ordinary text. In
addition to the glow, shadow, and reﬂ ection text effects that you can use with ordinary
text, you can add rounded, or beveled , edges to the individual letters, format the text
in 3-D, and transform the text into waves, circles, and other shapes. You can also rotate
WordArt text so it stretches vertically on the page. Another advantage of WordArt over
regular text is that you can edit the colors of WordArt text in two ways: by changing the
ﬁ ll (the interior color) or the outline (exterior color). You can also change the style of the
outline, by, for example, making it thicker, or breaking it into dashes.
By default, a new WordArt text box is attached to, or anchored to, the paragraph
containing the insertion point. This means that, in some cases, formatting applied to the
paragraph will also affect the WordArt text. For example, the ﬁ rst paragraph of the Health
Newsletter document is formatted with shading. If you insert the WordArt in that
paragraph, the WordArt will also have pale red background shading. To avoid unexpected
formatting results like this, it’s a good idea to anchor a WordArt text box to a paragraph
that has no special formatting.
Before using WordArt to create a title for the newsletter, you will insert a new, blank
paragraph at the beginning of the newsletter document that has the Normal style applied.
To create the title of the newsletter using WordArt:
1. Move the insertion point to the beginning of the document, and then press the
Enter key to insert a new paragraph. A new paragraph is inserted inside the red
2. Press the key to move the insertion point to the new paragraph, click the Home
tab, and then click the Clear Formatting button in the Font Group. The blank
paragraph reverts to the Normal style, without the shading, the paragraph
border, or any other special formatting elements.
To avoid unexpected
results, clear formatting
from the paragraph before
3. Click the Insert tab, and then click the WordArt button in the Text group. The
WordArt gallery opens. Joel wants to use the WordArt style in the bottom row.
4. Position the mouse pointer over the second WordArt style from the left in the
bottom row. A ScreenTip describes some elements of this WordArt style: “Fill – Orange,
Accent 6, Warm Matte Bevel.” See Figure 4-6.