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.

3D effects

There are two kinds of effects you can apply to text boxes to give them a 3D appearance: 3-D Rotation and Bevel. 3-D Rotation makes text boxes appear as if you are viewing the text box from a different angle. Bevel adds thickness and a rounded edge to text boxes.

To use 3-D Rotation:

  1. Select the text box you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Effects drop-down arrow. In the menu that appears, select the desired 3-D Rotation effect.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Choosing a 3-D effect
  3. The text box will appear in the selected 3-D Rotation effect.

If you want, you can customize the 3-D Rotation. Select 3-D Rotation Options... from the drop-down menu and the Format Shape pane will appear. From here, you can adjust the rotation values.

Screenshot of Word 2013Customizing the 3-D rotation

To use Bevel:

  1. Select the text box you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Effects drop-down arrow. In the menu that appears, select the desired bevel preset.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Choosing a bevel preset
  3. The text box will appear in the selected bevel effect.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The text box with a bevel effect

If you've changed the shape of your text box, it's important to note bevel doesn't work with every type of shape.

If you want, you can customize the bevel effect. Select 3-D Options... from the drop-down menu. The Format Shape pane will appear. From here, you can modify the width, height, and depth of a bevel.

Screenshot of Word 2013Customizing the bevel