If you want to make some dramatic looking text, Word art can be a better option than using a normal text box. So, what’s the difference between the two? With Word art, the text is treated a bit like an image allowing you to change the size without being limited to font sizes. It also allows you to colour the text in different ways. Let’s look at an example to show this.

Inserting Word art

Go to the “Insert” menu and select “Word art”.


This opens a dialogue box where you type your text into. If you want to add multiple lines of text, hold down Shift & Enter to add a new line. Press “Enter” to finish.


This creates your piece of ‘word art’.


Unlike a text box, we have controls more similar to that of Shapes. I.e. we can change the outline colour (fill colour), the text colour (line colour), line thickness of the outline and add dotted lines.

Let’s start with filling it red. Click on the “Fill colour” on the toolbar and select a colour.



Now let’s change the outline colour to blue.



Now let’s thicken the blue outline a little, by changing the line weight from 1 to 2px.


Not amazing, but you get the idea.


Here I’ve rotated it by clicking on and moving the blue circle in the middle of it.


Like a text box you have full access to the range of fonts.


Unlike a text box, you can stretch the text either vertically or horizontally, just like an image or a shape.


Below is the equivalent using just a text box. As you can see it’s one colour and you’re not able to distort the text size as it’s fixed to the ratios of the font.


Hopefully, you’ll agree the word art one is a bit more dramatic even though it’s just a simple example. However, in comparison to Powerpoint and programs like Photoshop, it’s very limited.

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