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Microsoft Office 2007

Editing WordArt in Word

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 Word:

return to topOptions on the Format Command Tab

When a WordArt text box is selected, the Format command tab should be active. In the WordArt Styles group, commands for editing your WordArt will appear.

The following table identifies buttons commonly used for working with WordArt.

Button Button Name Function(s)
Edit Text button Edit Text Change the character formatting (font, size, bold, italics) or text of WordArt.
WordArt Character Spacing button Spacing Change the spacing between characters (tracking or kerning) of WordArt.
Even Height button Even Height Make lowercase and uppercase letters the same height.
WordArt Vertical Text button Vertical Text Shift a horizontal word to a vertical orientation and back again.
wordart alignment button Alignment Choose from the following options: Left Align, Center, Right Align, Word Justify, Letter Justify, or Stretch Justify.
Shape Fill button Shape Fill Formats the inside color of your WordArt text.
WordArt Shape button Change Shape Mold your WordArt text into a shape.
Shape Outline button Shape Outline Change the color or pattern of the outline of your WordArt text.
Text Wrapping button Text Wrapping Make text wrap around a WordArt object.

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 letters' borders.

Adjusting Fill Color

  1. Double click the WordArt image

  2. From the Format command tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click SHAPE FILLShape Fill Button» select the desired color
    NOTE: If the Format command tab is not visible, from the Ribbon, select the Format command tab.

  3. OPTIONAL: To fill your WordArt with a texture, gradient, or picture, in the WordArt Styles group, click SHAPE 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. Double click the WordArt image

  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 SHAPE 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. Double click the WordArt image

  2. From the Format command tab, in the Text group, click EDIT TEXT...Edit Text button
    The Edit WordArt Text dialog box appears.   
    NOTE: If the Format command tab is not visible, from the Ribbon, select the Format command tab.

  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 commands available on the Ribbon to format your WordArt.

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the Format command tab, in the Text group, click EDIT TEXT...Edit Text button
    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
    HINT: 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

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

  1. Double click the WordArt image

  2. From the Format command tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click CHANGE SHAPE » select the desired shape
    The WordArt shape adjusts.
    Change Shape button and menu

return to topRotating WordArt

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

NOTE: The text wrapping style for your WordArt must be something other than In Line With Text 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 Format command tab, in the Arrange group, click ROTATERotate button » select More Rotation Options...
    The Format WordArt dialog box appears, with the Size tab displayed.
    Format WordArt dialog box: Size tab

  3. In the Rotate section, use the Rotation nudge button to select the desired angle
    OR
    In the Rotation text box, type the desired angle

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

return to topWrapping Text with WordArt

For a professional-looking document, wrapping text around your WordArt image will improve its uniformity and will not interrupt the text. In addition, there may be times when you want to place your WordArt in front of or behind the text.

Wrapping Text: Quick Menu Option

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. Right click your WordArt » select Format WordArt...
    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
    NOTES:
    This option is only available if the selected text wrapping style is not set to In Line With Text.
    To move the WordArt to a custom position within the document, select Other.

  6. OPTIONAL: To set more specific settings for the position of your WordArt,
    1. Click ADVANCED...
      The Advanced Layout dialog box appears.
    2. Select the Text Wrapping tab
    3. Select the desired options

    Wrapping style
    Allows you to select a text wrap style for your WordArt

    Wrap text
    Available with only certain text wrapping styles; allows you to decide whether text wraps around an object on both sides or only a specific side

    Distance from text
    Allows you to specify a set distance between an object and the text wrapping around it; available with only certain wrapping styles

    1. Click OK

  7. Click OK
    The text wrap is applied to the WordArt.

Wrapping Text: Ribbon Option

  1. Select the WordArt image

  2. From the Format command tab, in the Arrange group, click TEXT WRAPPING » select the desired text wrapping option
    Text Wrapping button and menu

  3. OPTIONAL: To set more advanced options,
    1. In the Arrange group, click TEXT WRAPPING » select More Layout Options...
      The Advanced Layout dialog box appears.
    2. Select the Text Wrapping tab
    3. Select the desired options

      Wrapping style
      Allows you to select a text wrap style for your WordArt

      Wrap text
      Available with only certain text wrapping styles; allows you to decide whether text wraps around an object on both sides or only a specific side

      Distance from text
      Allows you to specify a set distance between an object and the text wrapping around it; available with only certain wrapping styles

    4. Click OK

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 Format command tab, in the Shadow Effects group, click SHADOW EFFECTS » select the desired effect
    Shadow Effects button and menu
    The effect is applied to the selected WordArt.

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 Format command tab, in the 3-D Effects group, click 3-D EFFECTS » select the desired effect
    HINT: For more information about 3-D effects, please refer to Customizing 3-D.
    3-D Effects button and menu

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