What Does WordArt Mean?

WordArt is a text styling utility available in Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. It helps in providing special effects like outlines, gradient glow, shadow, bevel, textures and 3-D effects to the text, effects which are unavailable in the standard font formatting tools.


Techopedia Explains WordArt

WordArt helps in dealing with text by providing different styles to the letters and their typographic arrangement. WordArt is available in many preset styles and can be customized with the help of drawing tool options in the toolbar in applications or the WordArt tools tab. New styles were added in Office 2007 to WordArt, which also gave the feature a new look and a complete overhaul.

In the case of a Word document, WordArt can be added by selecting: Insert -> Picture -> WordArt. WordArt can also be modified or moved by choosing: Modify -> WordArt.

WordArt is simple to create and use and easy to access. It can modify the look of the text by bending, skewing or stretching the shape. It can help in enhancing the look and feel of the text used in the Microsoft Office applications, especially in Word. This is especially helpful in the case of highlighting titles, headlines or information. However, the styling offered is limited to the options included in the WordArt utility.


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