Microsoft Word 2007 to 2016

Section Seven: 1 2 3 4

Word Art

In the previous two lessons, you created the letters T and E using Word Shapes. For this lesson, we'll use Word Art for the letter X.

Click on the Insert tab again. From the Insert tab, locate the Text panel and the Word Art item:

The Text panel in Word 2007 and Word 2010

Text panel showing Word Art selected

Click on Word Art to reveal the following list in Word 2007:

The WordArt menu in Microsoft Word 2007

In Word 2010, the list looks like this (Word 2013 to 2016 will have a shorter list):

The WordArt menu in Microsoft Word 2010

With Word Art you can type some text and turn it into any of the styles you see above, such as curved text (Word 2007 only), 3D text, etc.

We only want the letter X, and in a plain style. So click on the first one on the top row, if you have Word 2007 (see below for Word 2010 and 2013).

When you click an item on the Word Art list you'll see the following dialogue box appear (Word 2007 users):

The Edit WordArt dialogue box

Type the letter X in the Text area, and then change the Font to Arial Black. Set the Size to 48 so it's nice and big. Then click OK. Your X should look like this on the page:

A letter X drawn on the page

Change the height and width of your letter X to 2 cm for each one. Set the Fill colour to black.

Word 2010 to Word 2016 users

For Word 2010 to 2016 users, click the first item on your menu (top left). You'll then see this appear on your page:

WordArt in Word 2010

On the WordArt Styles panel set the Text Fill to black:

The Text Fill menu

Now click on the Home tab and set the font to Arial Black size 48. Delete the default text of "Your text here" and type a letter X. Your Word Art will then look like this:

Letter X with shadow

If you look closely, however, you'll see the letter X has a drop shadow. To get rid of it, select your letter X then go back to the Format tab. Locate the Text Effects item on the WordArt Styles panel. Set the Shadow to "No Shadow":

The Text Effects > Shadow menu

Your letter X should now look like this:

Letter X without shadow

Use the Size panel to change the height and width of your letter X to 2 cm for each one. To remove any blue outline around your letter X use the Text Outline menu just above the Text Effects item on the WordArt Styles pane. Set the Outline to black.

All Word users

So that you can move your letter X around the page, click the Text Wrapping option on the Arrange panel (Format tab). From the menu that appears, select the Square item:

Text Wrapping menu

Word 2016 users can also click on the little box to the right of the letter X on the page. You'll then see a menu:

Select Square under the "With Text Wrapping" heading.

All users should now be able to move the letter X to the right of your letter E. Your page should now look like this (if your letter X is too small, change the font size):

Logo so far

We'll complete the logo in the next lesson.

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