WordArt

WordArt allows you to add extra effects to text, such as:

If you're used to using WordArt in Word, it's similar in PowerPoint but with a few different options.

Inserting A WordArt Object

  1. In Normal view, display the slide you wish to add WordArt to.


  2. Display the Insert ribbon and click on the WordArt button in the Text area. The following options appears:
  3. Select a style from those shown. A WordArt text box will appear:
  4. Enter the text for your WordArt.  If you want the text to span over more than one line (like examples shown at the top of this page), press Enter to end each line.

  When you insert WordArt it is treated as an image/graphic, i.e. spell check will not check your text, WordArt can be sized and moved as you would for an image file. 

Using The WordArt Formatting Ribbon

To format the WordArt object, select it with a single click. The WordArt Format ribbon will appear.

Refer to the following headings for more information on how to use the buttons available on the WordArt toolbar to edit and customize your effect.

Shape Styles

Shape Styles effect the box that the WordArt lives in. In the following example, Shape Fill was used to include the palm trees, Shape Outline was used to apply a thick green border and Shape Effects were used to apply the reflection.

  1. With your WordArt selected, click on the scroll bar to the right of the Shape Styles shown to display a multitude of styles available. The styles shown are dependent on the theme you have applied to your presentation.


  2. Use the buttons available for Shape Fill, Shape Outline, and Shape Effects to further customize your WordArt shape. For more information on Shape Fills, please refer to that article.


  3. For even more choices click on the button to the right of Shape Styles to access the following options:

WordArt Styles

Not enough options yet? We've just begun! You can also customize the actual text inside the WordArt. In the following example, Text Fill was used to fill the text with a palm trees photo. No outline was used but a soft Glow Text Effect was applied to the letters.

  1. With your WordArt selected, click on the scroll bar to the right of the WordArt Styles shown to display a multitude of styles available. The styles shown are dependent on the theme you have applied to your presentation.


  2. Use the buttons available for Text Fill, Text Outline, and Text Effects to further customize your WordArt shape. For more information on Shape Fills, please refer to that article.


  3. For even more choices click on the button to the right of WordArt Styles to access the following options:

 

Arrange

Use the Arrange options to control the relationship of your WordArt object to other items on the slide. Please refer to the Arranging Objects as well as the Grouping and Ungrouping articles.

Size

You can easily size the object simply by dragging the handles displayed around the object in or out. Alternatively you can specify an exact measurement as follows:

  1. Select the WordArt object with a single click. Notice the controls available within the Size area of the WordArt Format ribbon.
  2. Specify the measurements desired in the Height and Width fields.
  3. For even more controls, click on the button to the right of Size.