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Microsoft Office 2007

Editing WordArt in Excel and PowerPoint

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 and PowerPoint:

return to topOptions on the Format Command Tab

When a WordArt text box is selected, the Format command tab should be showing. In the WordArt Styles group, commands for editing your WordArt will appear.
NOTES:
The options available in the WordArt Styles group may differ between Office programs.
Not all buttons may be located within the WordArt Styles group in each program.

The following table identifies buttons found in the WordArt Styles group.

Button Button Name Function(s)
Change Shape button Shape Effects Provides 3-D and shadow effects for WordArt.
Shape Fill button Shape Fill Formats the inside color of your WordArt text.
Shape Outline button Shape Outline Changes the color or pattern of the outline of your 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

  1. Select the WordArt

  2. From the Format command tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click SHAPE FILLShapeFill button» select the desired color

  3. OPTIONAL: To fill your WordArt with a texture, gradient, or picture, in the WordArt Styles group, click TEXT FILL » select the appropriate fill type » select the desired option

Adjusting Outline Color

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

  1. Select the WordArt

  2. From the Format command tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click SHAPE OUTLINEShape Outline button» select the desired outline color
    NOTE: If the Format command tab is not visible, from the Ribbon, select the Format command tab.

  3. OPTIONAL: To add a patterned outline or change the line style of the outline, in the WordArt Styles group, click TEXT FILL » select the appropriate option » select the desired line style

return to topEditing WordArt Text

You can easily change the spelling or words of the WordArt you have created. 

  1. Select the WordArt
    The text becomes editable.

  2. Make any desired changes to your WordArt

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 text

  2. From the Home command tab, in the Font group, from the Font pull-down list » select the desired font

  3. In the Font group, click the INCREASE FONT SIZEIncrease Font Size buttonand DECREASE FONT SIZEDecrease Font Size buttonbuttons, as appropriate

return to topChanging WordArt Shapes

WordArt allows you to mold its text into a particular shape.

  1. Select the WordArt

  2. From the Format command tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click SHAPE EFFECTS » select an effect » select the desired option
    Text Effects button and Transform menu
    The WordArt shape adjusts.

return to topRotating WordArt

To slant or rotate your WordArt image, you can use the free-rotating option, or use the dialog box to specify an exact rotation value.

Rotating WordArt: Free-Rotating Option

  1. Select the WordArt image
    Sizing and rotation handles appear around your WordArt.
    NOTE: The rotation handle is the open circle slightly above the top sizing handle on your WordArt.
    WordArt with sizing and rotation handles
  2. Click and hold your mouse on the rotation handle of your WordArt

  3. Drag your pointer in the direction and degree you want your WordArt to rotate
    HINT: Holding [Shift] while dragging rotates the object in 15 degree increments.

  4. Release the mouse button
    The rotation is applied to your WordArt.

Rotating WordArt: Dialog Box Option

NOTE: The name and appearance of the dialog boxes that appear may differ between programs in Office 2007, but the same options are available.

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the Format command tab, in the Arrange group, click ROTATE » Select More Rotation Options...
    The Size and Properties dialog box appears, with the Size tab displayed.
    Size and Properties dialog box

  3. To change the rotation of your WordArt, in the Size and rotate section, use the Rotation nudge button to select the desired angle
    OR
    In the Rotation text box, type the desired angle

  4. Click CLOSE
    The rotation is applied to the WordArt.

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
    NOTE: Be sure that you highlight the text of the WordArt, not just the surrounding box.

  2. From the Format command tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click TEXT EFFECTS » select Shadow » select the desired shadow
    HINT: For more options for customizing shadows, please refer to Customizing Shadows in Word or in Excel and PowerPoint.
    Text Effects button and Shadow menu

return to topAdding a 3-D Effect to WordArt

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

  1. Select the WordArt
    NOTE: Be sure that you highlight the text of the WordArt, not just the surrounding box.

  2. From the Format command tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click TEXT EFFECTS » select 3-D Rotation » select the desired effect
    HINT: For more options for customizing 3-D effects, please refer to Customizing 3-D.
    3D Rotation menus

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