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Using WordArt in Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013 and Word 2013

This blog post comes from the Microsoft Office.com site and is about using WordArt in Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013 and Word 2013:

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

Microsoft Office 2013 - WordArt spelling out Happy Birthday curved around a picture of a cupcake.

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

Microsoft Office 2013 - WordArt button and gallery found on the Insert tab

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

 Tech tips for WordArtTip    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.

Customize WordArt

You might have tried using shape options to make the WordArt curve and then were puzzled that the text didn’t change. Use the text options on the Drawing Tools tab instead. Shape options apply to the box and background surrounding your WordArt, not to the WordArt text. So, to create curved or circular WordArt text, you add a Transform text effect. And, to change the color of the WordArt text, you change the Text Fill. A picture of WordArt with both of these changes can be seen at the top of this article.

You can rotate or flip your WordArt. Or replace a chart title with WordArt to give it more prominence. And in Word, you can save time and convert existing text into WordArt.

If you have used WordArt in previous versions, you’ll notice that the WordArt styles have been freshened up and take advantage of the new colors. The WordArt styles in PowerPoint, Project, and Excel are optimized for larger text, while the WordArt styles in Word and Publisher are optimized for smaller text.

Create curved or circular WordArt

  1. Select the WordArt.

Microsoft Office 2013 - Selected WordArt

When you do that, the Drawing Tools Format tab will appear.

  1. On the Drawing Tools Format tab click Text Effects >Transform and pick the one you want.

Microsoft Office 2013 - Text Effects on the Drawing Tools Format tab, with the Transform gallery open

Change the color of WordArt text

  1. Select the WordArt text or letters to change.

Microsoft Office 2013 - Partially selected WordArt text

When you do that, the Drawing Tools Format tab will appear.

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

Microsoft Office 2013 - Text Fill Color gallery found on the Drawing Tools Format tab

Tech support for Southern California offices Tip    To change the outline of the WordArt text, on the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Text Outline.

Convert existing text to WordArt in Word

  1. Select the text to convert to WordArt.
  2. On the Insert tab, click WordArt, and then pick the WordArt you want.

Microsoft Office 2013 - WordArt button and gallery found on the Insert tab

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