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WordArt Styles (Quick Styles) in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to stylize your text by applying WordArt Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. WordArt can quickly add some pizazz to your text, but don't try to go overboard.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






Styling text is one of those features that are either grossly overlooked or entirely over-used in PowerPoint. And, either of those situations can be a shame since PowerPoint allows you to do so much to text with its powerful WordArt feature. Before we proceed further, you must know that WordArt has nothing to do with Microsoft Word and is a totally independent feature in PowerPoint. What WordArt does to the text is similar to what PowerPoint's Shape Styles option does to shapes. WordArt Styles are a collection of some prebuilt text styles which you can instantly apply to your text. These WordArt Styles are all Theme specific, so if the presentation's Theme is changed, any WordArt applied also reflects the changes accordingly. Follow these steps to learn how to apply WordArt Styles to selected text in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Select the text (or the entire text object) to which you want to apply the WordArt Style. This will bring up the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red). Click on this tab to activate it.
  2. Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
  3. Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a Contextual tab. Contextual tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They make an appearance only when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using the options within these tabs.
  4. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate and click the downward pointing arrow within the WordArt Styles group, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
  5. WordArt Styles group
    Figure 2: WordArt Styles group
  6. This brings up the WordArt Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3.
  7. WordArt Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: WordArt Styles drop-down gallery
  8. Within this WordArt Styles drop-down gallery you'll find 20 ready to use styles and the Clear WordArt option to clear existing WordArt formatting from a selected text object.
  9. To preview any WordArt style, just hover the cursor over any of the style previews. As you move over different previews, the selected text shows you a Live Preview of the style, as shown in Figure 4. Click on the preview thumbnail in the gallery to apply the style to the selected text (or text object, based on the selection you made within WordArt Styles drop-down gallery).
  10. WordArt Style being selected
    Figure 4: WordArt Style being selected
  11. Figure 5, below shows the new WordArt Style applied to the text.
  12. WordArt Styles applied to the text
    Figure 5: WordArt Styles applied to the text
  13. Remember to save your presentation often.

Note: Want to further edit the WordArt Style after applying? You can override the WordArt Styles by making your own customizations. Explore the following tutorials to learn more:

Tip: Want to apply a particular WordArt Style to all the slide titles in your presentation? You can do that easily by applying WordArt to the Title placeholders in the Slide Master and Slide Layouts.

See Also:

WordArt Styles (Quick Styles) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
WordArt Styles (Quick Styles) in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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