Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Understanding WordArt.

Understanding WordArt

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 25, 2013)

WordArt is a program that allows you to treat text as a graphic. You can use the program to add special effects and flourishes to text, and then insert the text in your document. It is useful for creating special text elements such as logos, mastheads, or titles. Here's how you use WordArt in your document:

  1. Make sure the Insert tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  2. Click the WordArt tool in the Text group. You then see the WordArt Gallery. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The WordArt Gallery.

  4. Click the letter that matches the general appearance you want used for your text. Word inserts a WordArt object into your document.
  5. Type the text you want used by WordArt.

After step 3 you should also have noticed the Format tab appear on the ribbon. This tab is available anytime a WordArt object is selected. It provides tools that you can use to change how your WordArt appears. To hide the Format tab on the ribbon, simply click a different place in your document, so that the WordArt object isn't selected.

You should also understand that any text you place into a WordArt object isn't strictly considered text. In other words, you cannot use Find and Replace to change what is in the WordArt object and those words aren't considered by other tools, such as when generating a word count. Instead, the text is considered a graphic object.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12658) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Understanding WordArt.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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