Text Boxes and WordArt

Text boxes in Word are used to draw attention to specific text. Use a Word text box to add definition and make it stand out.

Creating WordArt

In addition to adding effects to a text box, you can add effects to the text inside the text box, which is known as WordArt. For the most part, the types of effects you can add are the same as the ones you can add to shapes or text boxes (shadow, bevel, etc.). However, you can also Transform the text to give it a wavy, slanted, or inflated look.

To apply a quick style to text:

A quick style will automatically apply several effects to your text at once. You can then refine the look of your text by adding or modifying text effects.

  1. Select the text box, or select some text inside of the text box. The Format tab will appear.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. Click the Quick Styles command in the WordArt Styles group. A drop-down menu will appear.
    Selecting a Quick Style Selecting a Quick Style
  4. Select the desired style preset to apply the style to your text.

After you have applied a quick style, you can still modify the font or font color from the Home tab if you want.

To convert regular text into WordArt:

For text to be formatted as WordArt, it needs to be inside of a text box. However, there's a shortcut that allows you to convert text into WordArt even if it's not in a text box.

  1. Select the text you want to convert.
  2. Click the Insert tab.
  3. Click the WordArt command. The Quick Styles drop-down menu will appear.
    Converting text to WordArt Converting text to WordArt
  4. Select the desired quick style.
  5. Word will automatically create a text box for your text and apply the style to the text.
    After converting to WordArt After converting to WordArt

Some effects, such as shadows, can be added from the Text Effects menu in the Home tab. When you add effects in this way, it will not place the text in a text box.

To add or modify text effects:

  1. Select the text box, or select some text inside of the text box. The Format tab will appear.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. Click the Text Effects command in the WordArt Styles group. A drop-down menu will appear, showing the different effect categories.
    The Text Effects command The Text Effects command
  4. Hover over an effect category. A drop-down menu will appear. You can hover the mouse over the different presets to see a live preview.
    Adding an effect Adding an effect
  5. Select the desired effect preset. The effect will be applied to your text. If you want, you can combine several effects.
    The finished WordArt The finished WordArt