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Microsoft Office 2003

Editing WordArt

After creating WordArt, you can change its color and style to make it even more appealing. This document includes instructions on the following topics that apply to Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word:

return to topEditing WordArt with the WordArt Toolbar

When a WordArt text box is selected, the WordArt toolbar should be showing.  If it is not:

  1. With the WordArt text box selected, right click on the WordArt text box » select Show WordArt Toolbar

The following table identifies what the buttons on the toolbar represent.

Toolbar Icon Function(s)
Insert WordArt button Insert WordArt: Insert another WordArt object in any style.
edit text button Edit Text: Change the character formatting (font, size, bold, italics) or text of WordArt.
wordart gallery button  WordArt Gallery: View the gallery to change an existing WordArt style.
 format wordart button Format WordArt: Change the colors and lines, size, position, or wrapping of WordArt, or add alternate text (for web use).
wordart shape button WordArt Shape: Mold your WordArt text into a shape.
text wrapping button Text Wrapping: Make text wrap around a WordArt object. Available only in Word.
wordart same letter heights button WordArt Same Letter Heights: Make lowercase and uppercase letters the same height.
wordart vertical text button WordArt Vertical Text: Shift a horizontal word to a vertical orientation and vice versa.
wordart alignment button WordArt Alignment: Choose from the following options: Left Align, Center, Right Align, Word Justify, Letter Justify, or Stretch Justify.
wordart character spacing button

WordArt Character Spacing: Change the spacing between characters (tracking or kerning) of WordArt.


return to topAdjusting WordArt Colors

Fill color and line color may be adjusted in WordArt. Fill color is the color of the inside of the letters, and line color is the color of the letter outlining.

Adjusting Fill Color: Drawing Toolbar

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow  to the right of FILL COLORfill color button
    NOTE: If the Drawing toolbar is not shown, from the Standard toolbar, click DRAWINGdrawing button .

  3. From the Fill Color pull-down list, select a color
    For more fill effects, click FILL EFFECTS...

Adjusting Fill Color: WordArt Toolbar

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the WordArt toolbar, click FORMAT WORDARTformat wordart button
    The Format WordArt dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Colors and Lines tab

  4. In the Fill section, from the Color pull-down list, select a color
    For more fill effects, click FILL EFFECTS...

  5. Click OK

Adjusting Line Color: Drawing Toolbar

This option is available only if the WordArt in use contains lines.

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow to the right of LINE COLORline color button
    NOTE: If the Drawing toolbar is not shown, from the Standard toolbar, click DRAWINGdrawing button.

  3. From the Line Color pull-down list, select a color
    For more line colors and pattern options, click MORE COLORS... or PATTERNED LINES...

Adjusting Line Color: WordArt Toolbar

This option is only available if the WordArt in use contains lines.

  1. From the WordArt toolbar, click FORMAT WORDART format wordart button
    The Format WordArt dialog box appears.

  2. Select the Colors and Lines tab

  3. In the Line section, from the Color pull-down list, select a color
    For more line colors and pattern options, click MORE COLORS... or PATTERNED LINES...

  4. Click OK

return to topEditing WordArt Text

If you need to change the spelling or words of the WordArt you have created, use the WordArt toolbar editing option. 

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the WordArt toolbar, click EDIT TEXT...  
    The Edit WordArt Text dialog box appears.   

  3. In the Text text box, make your changes

  4. Click OK

return to topChanging WordArt Font Face & Size

If the font or size of the WordArt letters do not suit you, use the WordArt toolbar editing option.

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the WordArt toolbar, click EDIT TEXT..
    The Edit WordArt Text dialog box appears.

  3. From the Font pull-down list, select a font

  4. From the Size pull-down list, select a font size
    HINTS: You may also adjust the size by using the image handles. To adjust proportionally using the image handles, hold [Shift] down while moving a corner image handle.

  5. Click OK

return to topChanging WordArt Shapes

One interesting effect WordArt allows you is to mold the text of the WordArt into a particular shape.

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the WordArt toolbar, click WORDART SHAPEwordart shape button

  3. From the menu, select the shape that you want your text to be in
    The WordArt shape adjusts.

return to topRotating WordArt

To slant or turn your straight, horizontal WordArt image, you can use the rotating tool. See Free-Rotating for more detailed information.

NOTE: The text wrapping style for your WordArt must be something other than "in line" before you can rotate it. For information on changing the text wrapping style, see Wrapping Text around WordArt.

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click DRAW » Rotate or Flip » Free Rotate

  3. Position the mouse pointer over one of the green dots that appear at the corners or the top of the text box

  4. Click and drag the pointer to change the angle of the text box

  5. Release the mouse button
    The WordArt position adjusts.

  6. To deselect free rotate, click outside the WordArt

return to topWrapping Text around WordArt

NOTE: This option applies only to Microsoft Word.

For a professional-looking document, wrapping text around your WordArt image will improve the uniformity and not interrupt the text. 

Wrapping Text: Dialog Box

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the WordArt toolbar, click FORMAT WORDARTformat wordart button
    The Format WordArt dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Layout tab

  4. Under Wrapping style, select a style

  5. Under Horizontal alignment, select a position

  6. Click OK
    Any text wraps around the WordArt.

Wrapping Text: Toolbar

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the WordArt toolbar, click TEXT WRAPPINGtext wrapping button
    The Text Wrapping pull-down list appears.

  3. Select the desired option

return to topAdding a Shadow to WordArt

Depending on the font and the WordArt shape you have selected, a shadow effect can enhance your WordArt image. 

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click SHADOW STYLEshadow button

  3. From the Shadow Style pull-down list, select a style
    OR
    For more shadow options, select Shadow Settings...
    The Shadow Settings toolbar appears.

return to topAdding a 3-D Effect to WordArt

A three-dimensional effect can give depth to your WordArt image.

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click 3-D STYLE3-D button

  3. From the pull-down list, select your choice of a 3-D style
    OR
    For more 3-D options, select 3-D Settings...
    The 3-D Settings toolbar appears.

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