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Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects

Examples of heading that uses WordArt

WordArt is not for the faint of heart. Where text effects operate on subtlety, WordArt, by contrast, is big, bold, and flashy. It treats text more as if it were a graphic.

The picture gives you some examples.

You create WordArt by typing the text you want to style in a WordArt editing dialog box (opened from the Insert tab). Once WordArt is applied, you treat the affected text somewhat like a picture. You click to select it, and WordArt Tools are available, with several formatting options.

For example, you can edit the text, change fill color or word outline, apply a different warping style, and add shadows. For most of the choices, you get previews on the WordArt before you apply a selection.

You'll see more in the practice session, which follows.

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