How to Curve Text in Microsoft Word for Office 365

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.

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.

Yield: Curved Text in Microsoft Word

How to Curve Text in Word

how to curve text in word

Learn how to create curved text in a Microsoft Word document using the Word Art tool found in the application.

Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Difficulty Medium

Materials

  • Microsoft Word document

Tools

  • Microsoft Word

Instructions

  1. Open the document with the text you want to curve.
  2. Find the text to curve, or type it.
  3. Select the text to curve with your mouse.
  4. Click the Insert tab.
  5. Choose the Word Art option, then click the text icon that looks the way you want your curved text to look.
  6. Click the Drawing Tools Format tab at the top of the window.
  7. Choose the Text Effects option, click Transform, then click a curve type from the options on the menu.
  8. Adjust the layout options for your curved text.

Notes

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

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.

select the text to curve

Step 4: Select the Insert tab at the top of the window.

click the insert tab

Step 5: Click the Word Art button, then choose the desired style for your curved text.

convert to word art

Step 6: Select the Drawing Tools Format tab at the top of the window.

click the drawing tools format tab

Step 7: Choose the Text Effects option, select Transform, then click the desired curve type under Follow Path.

how to curve text in microsoft word

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.

change the look of your curved text

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.