How to Have Fun with Microsoft WordArt

fun with word art

Discover how to have fun with WordArt. WordArt is a graphic object that transforms text into art by applying design elements such as fills, outlines, shadows, and more! It is a terrific way to make a document eye-catching. The decorative special effects draw attention to the text. Microsoft WordArt tools offer a myriad of combinations of colors and styles that are sure to catch the attention of readers. You can use WordArt generators online, however they cannot produce the unique one-of-a-kind creations that can be made using the WordArt tools on the Microsoft Word Shape Format tab.

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Microsoft WordArt Tools

About the WordArt Tools

word art gallery

WordArt Styles Gallery: Select from a collection of preset designs.

text fill

Text Fill: Fill letters with solid color or gradient. Create a custom gradient by setting the type, angle, and stop points to produce a unique design.

text outline

Text Outline: Apply an effect such as shadow, reflection, glow, bevel, 3D rotation, and transform. Each effect has additional options to customize the appearance.

Try This! Have Fun with WordArt

Follow the steps below to fill the frame of a WordArt with an image. This activity is from the TechnoKids technology project, TechnoEditor. It has many fun word processing lessons. For example, you can have your students edit a poem with text effects, complete a comic with shapes, or illustrate a story using stylized grouped images.

  1. Create a WordArt object
    • Open a new document in Microsoft Word.
    • Click the Insert tab. In the Text group, click WordArt.
    • Choose a style from the gallery and add the text sunflowers.
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Type inside the WordArt text box.
  1. On the Shape Format tab, find the Shape Styles group.
  2. Click Shape Fill. Click Picture.
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Select Picture.
  1. Pick Stock Images or Online Pictures.
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Pick Stock Images or Online Pictures.
  1. Search for a sunflower picture. When you find one you like, click Insert.
sunflowers fun with wordart
The Picture is now behind the letters in the WordArt box.

Create Your Own

Now try your own. Transform text into WordArt and add a picture behind the letters. The possibilities are unlimited!

fun with wordart lake

Tip: If the picture doesn’t fit well, resize the WordArt frame.

fun with wordart fire

More Word Processing Lessons for Students

editor word processing

This activity is an optional challenge from TechnoEditor, a fun and engaging word processing project for junior and middle school students. Using a template, young learners build foundational skills that they will apply to many future school assignments. View this short video to see what your students can achieve using TechnoEditor.


Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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