Add effects to text

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Word

When you want to add visual depth to your document, you have choices. You can insert WordArt, a series of preset text effects that stretch or bend text in interesting ways. Or you can apply text styles to text that you've already inserted, either standalone text or text in a text box.

Do any of the following:

ShowApply a text effect to existing text

  1. Select the text that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, and then select the effect that you want to apply to the text.

 Tip   To apply other text formatting and effects (for example, small caps or double strikethrough), on the Format menu, click Font.

ShowInsert WordArt

  1. On the Document Elements tab, under Text Elements, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt that you want.
  2. Type the text that you want.

ShowFormat text as small caps

  1. Select the lowercase text that you want to format as small caps.
  2. On the Format menu, click Font.
  3. Under Effects, click Small caps.

ShowReverse text to make a mirror image

You can use a text box to reverse text to make a mirror image, for example to print on special paper for an iron-on for fabric.

  1. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Text Box.

Word Home tab, Insert group

  1. Drag to create the text box, and then type the text into it.
  2. Click the border of the text box, and then on the Format menu, click Shape.
  3. Click 3-D Rotation, and then under Rotation, in the X box, type 180.

ShowAdd a reflection

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to Reflection, and then click the reflection style that you want.

ShowAdd a shadow

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to Shadow, and then click the shadow style that you want.

ShowAdd a glow

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to Glow, and then click the glow style that you want.

ShowAdd other effects

You can apply other effects to text in a text box or to WordArt. For example, you can bend text or make it 3-D.

  1. Select the text box or WordArt that you want to format, and then click the Format tab.
  2. Under Text Styles, click Effects, point to an effect, and then click the one that you want.

Format tab, Text Styles group

ShowAdd a shadow [Compatibility Mode]

Compatibility mode indicates that the document was created using an earlier version of Word or saved in an earlier file format.

  1. Select the text box or WordArt that you want to format, and then click the Format tab.
  2. Under Shadow Effects, click Shadow.

Format tab, Shadow Effects group

See also

Resize an object

Apply or remove styles and effects from objects

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Add or change the fill color

PowerPoint

When you want to add visual depth to your document, you have choices. You can insert WordArt, a series of preset text effects that stretch or bend text in interesting ways. Or you can apply text styles to text in a text box or object (object: A single element of your document. An object can be a text box, an imported graphic, a shape, a picture, and so on.).

Do any of the following:

ShowApply a text effect to existing text

  1. Select the text that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, and then select the effect that you want to apply to the text.

 Tip   To apply other text formatting and effects (for example, small caps or double strikethrough), on the Format menu, click Font.

ShowInsert WordArt

  1. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Text, and then click WordArt.

Home tab, Insert group

  1. Type the text that you want.

ShowFormat text as small caps

  1. Select the lowercase text that you want to format as small caps.
  2. On the Format menu, click Font.
  3. Under Basic Effects, click Small caps.

ShowReverse text to make a mirror image

You can use a text box to reverse text to make a mirror image, for example to print on special paper for an iron-on for fabric.

  1. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Text Box.

Home tab, Insert group

  1. Drag to create the text box, and then type the text into it.
  2. Click the border of the text box, and then on the Format menu, click Shape.
  3. Click 3-D Rotation, and then under Rotation, in the X box, type 180.

ShowAdd a reflection

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to Reflection, and then click the reflection style that you want.

ShowAdd a shadow

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to Shadow, and then click the shadow style that you want.

ShowAdd a glow

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to Glow, and then click the glow style that you want.

ShowAdd a 3-D effect

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to 3-D Rotation, and then click the format that you want.

ShowAdd a bevel

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to Bevel, and then click the bevel style that you want.

ShowBend text

  1. Select the text or WordArt that you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, under Font, click Text Effects Text Effects button, point to Transform, and then click the transform style that you want.

See also

Resize an object

Apply or remove styles and effects from objects

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Add or change the fill color

Excel

When you want to enhance the appearance of text in your document, you have choices. You can insert WordArt, a series of preset text effects that stretch or bend text in interesting ways. Or you can apply styles to text in a text box.

Do any of the following:

ShowApply a text effect to existing text

  1. Select the text in a text box that you want to format, and then click the Format tab.

 Note   Text effects cannot be applied to text in a cell.

  1. Under Text Styles, click the style that you want.

Format tab, Text Styles group

To see more styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow.

ShowInsert WordArt

  1. On the Insert menu, click WordArt.
  2. Type the text that you want.

ShowReverse text to make a mirror image

You can use a text box to reverse text to make a mirror image, for example to print on special paper for an iron-on for fabric.

  1. On the Insert menu, click Text Box.
  2. Drag to create the text box, and then type the text into it.
  3. Click the border of the text box, and then on the Format menu, click Shape.
  4. Click 3-D Rotation, and then under Rotation, in the X box, type 180.

ShowAdd a reflection

  1. Select the text box or WordArt that you want to format, and then click the Format tab.
  2. Under Text Styles, click Effects, point to Reflection, and then click the reflection style that you want.

Format tab, Text Styles group

ShowAdd other effects

You can apply other effects to text in a text box or to WordArt. For example, you can add a shadow or glow around text, bend text, or make text 3-D.

  1. Select the text box or WordArt that you want to format, and then click the Format tab.
  2. Under Text Styles, click Effects, point to an effect, and then click the one that you want.

Format tab, Text Styles group

See also

Resize an object

Apply or remove styles and effects from objects

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Add or change the fill color

 
 
Applies to:
Excel for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Word for Mac 2011