How to Curve Text in Word

Use the WordArt feature to bend and shape words

What to Know

  • Use Transform in Text Effects to curve text as you wish.
  • Text Effects is part of Microsoft Word's Word Art Feature.

This article demonstrates how to bend words into an arch or around a shape or image in Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, and Word for Mac 2016 and 2011.

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How to Curve Text With WordArt

Microsoft Word uses the WordArt feature to curve text:

  1. Open a Word document and select Insert > WordArt.

    You can also select the WordArt icon from the toolbar. It looks like a capital letter A. However, the icon's appearance and location vary depending on the version and platform.

  2. In the WordArt menu, choose the WordArt style you want. Placeholder text appears in the document. Type your text over the placeholder text.

  3. Select the text to display the Drawing Tools tab.

  4. Go to either the WordArt Styles or Text Styles group, then select Text Effects, which is represented by a blue and white letter A.

    In Word 2016, Text Effects displays when you hover the mouse cursor over it. In earlier versions, it's clearly labeled.

    The Text Effects button
  5. Select Transform.

    The Transform option under Text Effects
  6. From the submenu, choose from a variety of effects, including curved and bent text. Select an option to apply it to the text.

    The Follow Path options in Transform

How to Undo Curved Text

To remove a curved or bent text effect without deleting your text:

  1. Select the curved or bent text you want to modify.

  2. Select Text Effects.

    The Text Effects button
  3. Select Transform > No Transform. The curved or bent text transformation effect is removed.

    The No Transform option
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