Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Editing WordArt Text
Fun with Fonts and
Art That’s Smart
• Text Outline. This changes the color of letters’ outlines. As with text fill colors,
you can select from colors related to the current theme or any color you like.
Select Weight to change outlines’ thickness or Dashes to pick a different line
style (dotted, dashed, and so on).
• Text Effects. You can add a lot of special effects to WordArt, including shadows,
reflections, glow, beveling, 3-D rotations, and transform effects, which warp the
letters into waves, circles, and other patterns. Figure 3-22 shows an example of a
wave transform effect. Select the kind of effect you want, and a fly-out menu
appears to show you a gallery of options for that effect. Some of these effects make
your text hard to read, so watch the live preview to make sure the word part of
your WordArt remains legible.
Note: If you add a text effect to WordArt, when you bring up the text box to edit the text, Word
temporarily removes the effect so you can see the letters clearly. When you click outside the box, the effect gets
There are dozens of
options for adding
effects to your WordArt
text. Transform effects
bend words into
circles, waves, arcs,
and much more.
To position WordArt on the page, click it to reveal its text box. Move the pointer to
any of the dashed lines that make up the text box’s borders so that the pointer
becomes a four-way arrow. Click, and the dashed line turns solid. With the pointer still
on the border, click and drag the WordArt wherever you want it.
Tip: The green rotation handle above the WordArt text box lets you change the angle of the WordArt on
the page. Click and drag in an arc until the text box is at the angle you want.