Insert WordArt

WordArt is a quick way to make text stand out with special effects. You begin by picking a WordArt style from the WordArt gallery, launched from the Insert tab, which you can then customize.

WordArt example with the words Happy Birthday and a picture

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Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

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

    Choosing a WordArt option

    In the WordArt gallery, the letter A represents the different designs that are applied to all text you type.

    Note: The WordArt icon is located in the Text group, and it may appear different depending on the program you're using and the size of your screen. Look for one of these icons:

    Large WordArt icon Medium WordArt icon Small WordArt icon
  2. The placeholder text "Your text here" appears, with the text highlighted.

    WordArt placeholder text

    Enter your own text to replace the placeholder text.

    WordArt with custom text

Tips: 

  • You can enter entire sentences, and even paragraphs, as WordArt. (You may have to change the font size for longer text.) And in Word, you can also convert existing text to WordArt in Word.

  • You can include symbols as WordArt text. Click the location for the symbol, and on the Insert tab, click Symbol, and pick the symbol you want.

You might have tried using shape styles to change the shape of WordArt and then were puzzled that the text didn’t change. Use the text options in the WordArt Styles group instead. Shape styles and effects apply to the box and background surrounding your WordArt, not to the WordArt text. So, to add effects to your WordArt, such as shadows, rotation, curves, and fill and outline colors, you use the options in the WordArt Styles group, including Text Fill, Text Outline, and Text Effects.

WordArt Styles group

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

WordArt Styles group showing icons only

  1. Select the WordArt text or letters to change.

    The Drawing Tools Format tab appears.

  2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Text Fill or Text Outline, and pick the color you want.

    Choosing a text fill color
  3. Click outside of your text box to see the effect.

    In this example, a light blue text fill and a red text outline were applied.

    WordArt with text fill and outline color applied

  1. Select the WordArt text or letters to change.

    The Drawing Tools Format tab appears.

  2. To create a curved effect, on the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Text Effects >Transform and pick the one you want.

    Important: The Text Effects Text Effects menu button menu is not the same as the Shape Effects Shape Effects menu button menu. If you don't see Transform at the bottom of the menu, make sure you've clicked the Text Effects menu.

    In this example, the first curved transform effect is selected.

    Selecting a curved transform text effect
  3. Click outside of your text box to see the effect.

    Use the Text Effects menu to create other effects, such as shadow, reflection, glow, bevels, and 3-D rotation. This example shows WordArt with a curved transform effect and a shadow applied.

    WordArt with curved transform effect and a shadow applied

  • To rotate WordArt text to any angle, select it, and then drag the circular rotation handle at the top of the box.

    Rotating WordArt with the rotation handle
  • To flip WordArt or rotate it 90 degrees, click the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Rotate in the Arrange group, and then select an option.

    Rotate menu options

To change the font size or style of your WordArt text:

  1. Select the WordArt text or letters to change.

  2. On the Home tab, select options in the Font group, such as font style, font size, or underline.

  1. In your Word document, select the text to convert to WordArt.

  2. On the Insert tab, click WordArt, and then pick the WordArt you want.

    Choosing a WordArt option

Double-click the WordArt that you want to remove, and then press Delete.

Related information

Add clip art to a file

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Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

  1. Click where you want to insert decorative text in a document.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt.

    text group

  3. Click any WordArt style, and start to type.

  1. Click anywhere in the WordArt text that you want to change.

  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, click any option.

    For example, you can change the direction of the WordArt text by clicking Text Direction in the Text group and choosing a new direction for the text.

Double-click the WordArt that you want to remove, and then press Delete.

Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

You can use WordArt to add special text effects to your document. For example, you can stretch a title, skew text, make text fit a preset shape, or apply a gradient fill. This WordArt becomes an object that you can move or position in your document to add decoration or emphasis. You can modify or add to the text in an existing WordArt object whenever you want.

WordArt examples

Excel

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt style that you want.

  2. Enter your text.

Outlook

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt style that you want.

  2. Type your text in the Text box.

    You can customize the shape surrounding the WordArt as well as the text in the WordArt.

PowerPoint

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt style that you want.

  2. Enter your text.

Publisher

  1. On the Objectstoolbar, click Insert WordArt Button image .

  2. In the WordArt Gallery, click the WordArt that you want, and then click OK.

  3. Type your text in the Text box.

    If you want to change the text in the WordArt, double-click the WordArt that you want to change, and then type the new text in the Text box.

Word

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt style that you want.

  2. Type your text in the Text box.

    You can customize the shape surrounding the WordArtas well as the text in the WordArt.

  1. Select the text that you want to convert to WordArt.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt that you want.

    Insert tab image

You can customize the shape surrounding the WordArt as well as the text in the WordArt.

Excel

Do one or more of the following:

For more information about selecting WordArt, see Select a shape or other object.

Outlook

Do one or more of the following:

For more information about selecting WordArt, see Select a shape or other object.

PowerPoint

Do one or more of the following:

For more information about selecting WordArt, see Select a shape or other object.

Publisher

Do one or more of the following:

For more information about selecting WordArt, see Select a shape or other object.

Word

Do one or more of the following:

For more information about selecting WordArt, see Select a shape or other object.

Excel

When you remove the WordArt style from your text, the text remains and changes to plain text.

  1. Select the WordArt text that you want to remove the WordArt style from.

  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click the More button More button , and then click Clear WordArt.

    To remove the WordArt style from part of your text, select the text that you want to remove the WordArt style from, and then follow the steps above.

PowerPoint

When you remove the WordArt style from your text, the text remains and changes to plain text.

  1. Select the WordArt text that you want to remove the WordArt style from.

  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click the More button More button , and then click Clear WordArt.

    To remove the WordArt style from part of your text, select the text that you want to remove the WordArt style from, and then follow the steps above.

Do the following for all programs listed in the Applies To at the top of the article.

  • Double-click the WordArt that you want to remove to select it, and then press DELETE.

In Office Online you can see WordArt that’s already in your document, presentation, or worksheet, but to add more WordArt you need to open or edit the doc in the desktop version of Word, PowerPoint, or Excel.

In Office Online, 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.

If you don’t have the desktop version of Word or PowerPoint, you can try it or buy it in the latest version of Office now.

  1. In Office for Mac 2016 or later, select the Insert tab on the Ribbon.

    or

    In Office for Mac 2011, select Insert on the toolbar.

  2. Select WordArt, and pick the WordArt style you want.

    Insert tab with the WordArt option highlighted.

    In the WordArt gallery, the letter A represents the different designs that are applied to all text you type.

  3. Enter your text.

Tip: You can also include symbols as WordArt text. To do so, click the location in your document for the symbol, and on the Insert tab, click Advanced Symbol, and pick the symbol you want.

Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

To create curved or circular WordArt text, you add a Transform text effect.

  1. Select the WordArt.

    WordArt example

    When you do that, the Shape Format tab appears.

  2. Click Text Effects > Transform and pick the effect you want.

    Shape Format tab with the Text Effects option highlighted.

To change the color of the WordArt text, you change the Text Fill.

  1. Select the WordArt text or letters to change.

    WordArt example

    When you do that, the Shape Format tab appears.

  2. Click Text Fill, and pick the color you want.

    Shape Format tab with the Text Fill option highlighted.

Tip: To change the outline of the WordArt text, on the Shape Format tab, click Text Outline.

  1. Select the text to convert to WordArt.

  2. On the Insert tab, click WordArt, and then pick the WordArt style you want.

    Insert tab with the WordArt option highlighted.

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