Add, change, or delete WordArt

WordArt is a gallery of text styles that you can add to your Office documents to create decorative effects, such as shadowed or mirrored (reflected) text. In Word and PowerPoint, you can also convert existing text into WordArt.

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Overview of WordArt

You can use WordArt to add special text effects to your document. For example, you can stretch a title, skew text, make text fit a preset shape, or apply a gradient fill. This WordArt becomes an object that you can move or position in your document to add decoration or emphasis. You can modify or add to the text in an existing WordArt object whenever you want.

Three examples of WordArt

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Add WordArt

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt style that you want.

The Insert tab in Excel, with the insert WordArt button highlighted.

Example of the Text group on the Insert tab in Excel 2010.
  1. Enter your text.

 Notes 

  • If you have a chart in your Office 2010 document, you can replace the chart title with WordArt to give the title additional emphasis.

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Convert existing text to WordArt in PowerPoint and Word

  1. Select the text that you want to convert to WordArt.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click WordArt, and then click the WordArt that you want.

The Insert tab in PowerPoint 2010, with the WordArt button highlighted.

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Remove the WordArt style

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Excel

When you remove the WordArt style from your text, the text remains and changes to plain text.

  1. Select the WordArt text that you want to remove the WordArt style from.
  2. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the WordArt Styles group, click the More button Button image, and then click Clear WordArt.

 Tip   To remove the WordArt style from part of your text, select the text that you want to remove the WordArt style from, and then follow the steps above.

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PowerPoint

When you remove the WordArt style from your text, the text remains and changes to plain text.

  1. Select the WordArt text that you want to remove the WordArt style from.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click Clear All Formatting Button image.

 Tip   To remove the WordArt style from part of your text, select the text that you want to remove the WordArt style from, and then follow the steps above.

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Word

When you remove the WordArt style from your text, the text remains and changes to plain text.

  1. Select the WordArt text that you want to remove the WordArt style from.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click Clear Formatting Button image.

 Tip   To remove the WordArt style from part of your text, select the text that you want to remove the WordArt style from, and then follow the steps above.

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Delete the WordArt

  • Select the WordArt that you want to remove, and then press DELETE.

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Applies to:
Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010