Curve text around a circle or other shape

You can use WordArt with a Transform text effect to curve or bend text around a shape. If you want the text to circle the shape, you can also do this, but it’s a little bit more work. You can also insert WordArt multiple times to wrap text around shapes with straight edges.

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  1. Go to Insert > WordArt, and pick the WordArt style you want.

    WordArt style gallery

    Note: The WordArt icon is located in the Text group, and it may appear different depending on the version you're using and the size of your screen. The icon may also look like this Small WordArt icon or Medium WordArt icon .

  2. Replace the WordArt placeholder text with your own text.

  3. Select your WordArt text.

    Selected WordArt

  4. Go to Shape Format or Drawing Tools Format, select Text Effects >Transform and pick the look you want.

    Text effects transform

Note: Depending on your screen size, you might only see the icons for WordArt Styles.

WordArt Styles group showing icons only

Advanced techniques

Wrap around a circle    To create text that completely circles your shape, choose Circle under Follow Path, and then drag any of the sizing handles until your WordArt is the size and shape you want.

Example of bended text

Wrap around straight edges    To wrap text around a shape that has straight edges, such as a rectangle, insert WordArt objects for each edge. In this example, WordArt is inserted four times, one for each side of the shape.

Adding WordArt around a shape with straight edges

Group moves and copy    To move or copy multiple WordArt objects as a single shape, see Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects .

Precise angle control    You can control the angle of your WordArt text in relation to your shape with precision by using the Rotate tool.

If you need very precise control or are creating a complex combination of shapes and text, you’ll want to use a third-party drawing or graphics program to create the text around your shape and then copy and paste it into your Office document.

See Also

Add shapes

Insert WordArt

Create curved or circular WordArt

  1. Go to Insert > WordArt.

  2. Pick the WordArt style you want.

    Insert tab with the WordArt option highlighted.

  3. Type your text.

  4. Select the WordArt.

    WordArt example

  5. Go to Shape Format > Text Effects > Transform and pick the effect you want.

    Shape Format tab with the Text Effects option highlighted.

Advanced techniques

Wrap around a circle    To create text that completely circles your shape, choose Circle under Follow Path, and then drag any of the sizing handles until your WordArt is the size and shape you want.

Example of bended text

Wrap around straight edges    To wrap text around a shape that has straight edges, such as a rectangle, insert WordArt objects for each edge. In this example, WordArt is inserted four times, one for each side of the shape.

Adding WordArt around a shape with straight edges

Group moves and copy    To move or copy multiple WordArt objects as a single shape, see Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects .

Precise angle control    You can control the angle of your WordArt text in relation to your shape with precision by using the Rotate tool.

If you need very precise control or are creating a complex combination of shapes and text, you’ll want to use a third-party drawing or graphics program to create the text around your shape and then copy and paste it into your Office document.

In Word for the web you can see WordArt that’s already in your document, but to add more WordArt you need to open or edit the doc in the desktop version of Word.

You can use the Font features on the Home tab to change the font color and size, and apply bolding, italics, or underlines to your text.

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