How to Change Text to WordArt in Excel

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  • 0:46 How to Add WordArt
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Instructor: Karen Sorensen

Karen has a Bachelors in Communications. She has 25 years of experience in Information Systems, Adult Learning and Virtual Training.

A great way to add fancy text to your MS Excel spreadsheet is using the WordArt command. This lesson will show examples of WordArt and explain how to add and modify WordArt graphics in MS Excel.


WordArt is a way to add creative text to your document. It's much like adding a special effect to text. For example, you can use different color fills and outlines to alter the look of your text, apply different gradient fills, rotate text and even apply a 3-D effect.

Once you add WordArt to your Excel document, it becomes an object or graphic that can be moved around on the page and placed wherever you want it. And, it's easy to modify or edit the WordArt after it's created.

In this lesson, you will learn how to add WordArt to a MS Excel worksheet. You will also learn how to use WordArt Styles and Shape Styles to modify and customize your WordArt graphic.

How to Add WordArt

WordArt is helpful when you want to add a creative logo or give your column titles a bit of flair. If we go to the Insert menu and look on the far right, you will see the Text command. Click on the more icon to expand the options and notice the WordArt command in the middle of the options.

WordArt Command and Options
word art command

Click on the WordArt command to open the gallery of WordArt options. These are thumbnails of different WordArt styles that can be added to your spreadsheet. As you can see above, there are many options available. One advantage to WordArt is that after you select one of the existing styles, you can further customize the look by changing the text fill color or outline, add 3-D effects or even rotate the text.

Let's take a look at how to add WordArt to a spreadsheet. In our example, we have a work estimate for some preparation and painting that needs to be done on a house. The name of the company is Sorensen Painting, Inc. Although the estimate has a nice format and is easy to read, we would like to take the name and make it a bit more specialized - more like a logo. Remember, we will be able to modify the WordArt after we add it.

So, here are the steps:

  1. Go to the Insert menu in the ribbon.
  2. Select the Text command.
  3. Click on WordArt to expand the gallery.
  4. Select one of the thumbnails of the WordArt style you want to use.
  5. Type your desired text in the box - the box that says 'Your text here.' For our example, we'll type in Sorensen Painting, Inc.
  6. Click off the WordArt by selecting any cell on the spreadsheet.

You're all set. So now, let's take a look at how to modify the WordArt graphic with more styles, colors and effects.

How to Modify WordArt

If you click on the placeholder (it's the dotted line box that surrounds the WordArt), you will notice that the drawing Tools/Format menu opens in the ribbon. These commands will help you add more effects to the text.

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