Even if you’ve been a Microsoft Word user for a long time, there are certain formatting options or objects that you need, but might not know where to find. For example, you might need to know how to curve text in Word if you’re designing a document that would benefit from having that effect.
A traditional Microsoft Word document, such as one that you might create for school or your job, is rarely more than plain text and maybe a picture or graph. But there are a lot of other elements that can be included in a Word document, including curved words.
You can curve text in Microsoft Word selecting the text, clicking the Insert tab, clicking the WordArt button and choosing an option from the drop down menu. You can then select the Format tab > Text Effects > Transform > then choose a curved path.
Whether you’re designing a flyer or a newsletter, or anything else that needs to be visually appealing, there are many cases where you might find yourself needing to curve a Word in your document. Our guide below will show you how to use the tools in Microsoft Word to achieve your curved text.
How to Curve Text in Word
The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word for Office 365, but will also work in most other versions of Word.
This first part of this section provides a brief overview of how to curve text.
If you would like to see the full tutorial with pictures, simply keep scrolling, or click this link to jump to that section. We also discuss how to curve text without WordArt further down in this article.
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- Open the document with the text you want to curve.
- Find the text to curve, or type it.
- Select the text to curve with your mouse.
- Click the Insert tab.
- Choose the Word Art option, then click the text icon that looks the way you want your curved text to look.
- Click the Drawing Tools Format tab at the top of the window.
- Choose the Text Effects option, click Transform, then click a curve type from the options on the menu.
- Adjust the layout options for your curved text.
After applying the transformation to your text, there will be a text box around it.
- Click the circular arrow to rotate the text box.
- Click one of the white circular anchors to change the size of the text box.
- Click and drag on the orange circular anchor to adjust the curvature of the text.
Full Tutorial – How to Curve Text in Word
As mentioned above, this section provides additional information on curving text in Microsoft Word, including pictures.
Note that this method uses WordArt. However, you can also curve text without WordArt. That method is discussed in the section below this one.
Step 1: Open your document in Word.
Step 2: Click at the point where you want to place the curved text, then type it.
Step 3: Use your mouse to select the text that you wish to curve.
Step 4: Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Step 5: Click the Word Art button, then choose the desired style for your curved text.
Step 6: Select the Drawing Tools Format tab at the top of the window.
Step 7: Choose the Text Effects option, select Transform, then click the desired curve type under Follow Path.
Step 8: Adjust the layout options for your curved text by clicking the white anchors to change the size of the text box, clicking and dragging the orange anchor to adjust the curvature, or clicking on the arrow to rotate the text.
The next section provides an alternate method for curving text.
How to Curve Text in Microsoft Word Without WordArt
Sometimes you will want to avoid using certain types of objects in Microsoft Word, including WordArt. Therefore you might want to try this method of curving text instead.
Step 1: Click the Insert tab.
Step 2: Click the Text Box button and choose your text box type.
Step 3: Enter the text into the text box.
Step 4: Right-click the text box and choose Format Shape.
Note that you need to right-click on the text box border, not inside the text box.
Step 5: Select No Fill and No Line from the column at the right side of the window.
Step 6: Click the Text Effects button, select Transform, then click one of the curved text options under Follow Path.
Depending on the version of Word that you are using you may or may not see a preview of the curved text after you select the shape transformation. Otherwise, you will need to click outside of the text box.
You can edit the text in the text box and adjust its formatting until it looks the way that you want it to look. You can also adjust the size of the text box or rotate it using the controls that surround the text box when it’s selected.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about ways of adding curves to text in Word.
More Information on Curving Text to a Custom Shape in Word
There are a lot of WordArt styles that you can pick from when you are using the Word Art option to create the curved text effect. Plus, you can always go back and choose a different WordArt option or WordArt style after you use the transform option if you don’t like the result.
The placeholder text in a text box can be selected and deleted.
One of the benefits of using a text box to create curved text is that you can move a text box almost anywhere in the Word window, which gives you far more placement options than you have when you use WordArt text.
If you format your curved text and find that you made a mistake, you can undo curved text by pressing the Ctrl + Z keyboard shortcut.
Do you need your curved text to be a specific size? Find out how to show the ruler in Microsoft Word so that you can tell how large part of your document will be when you print it.
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