Insert WordArt

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

An example of WordArt that says "Happy Birthday" that is curved text.

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Insert WordArt

  1. Click Insert > WordArt, and pick the WordArt style you want. 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:
  2. The placeholder text “Your text here” appears, with the text highlighted. Enter your own text to replace the placeholder text.


  • 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.

Do more things with WordArt

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

Customize WordArt

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

Change the fill and outline color of WordArt text

  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.
  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.

Create curved or circular WordArt, and add other text effects

You can curve text around a circular object.

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  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 menu is not the same as the Shape Effects 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.
  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.

Rotate or flip WordArt text

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

Change the font of WordArt text

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.

Convert existing text to WordArt in Word

  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.

Delete WordArt

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

Related information

Add clip art to a file

Add shapes

This information was compiled using information courtesy of © Microsoft 2020. All rights reserved.

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