How to Curve Text in Word

Use the WordArt feature to bend and shape words

Your text doesn't have to be boring in Microsoft Word. WordArt has multiple effects that curve text in Word documents. Use WordArt to transform words into an arch-like formation, or bend words around a shape or image. Play around with the feature to find an effect that excites you.

This information applies to Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, and Word for Mac 2016 and 2011. WordArt existed in older Word desktop versions with less functionality. You can only view WordArt in Word Online.

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How to Curve Text With WordArt

It's easy to create curved, bent, warped, and other text effects with WordArt.

  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