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Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Warp Text in a Circle, Wave, or Fade

SUMMARY: Used with some discretion, warped text can draw attention to parts of your PowerPoint 2010 presentation.

Looking for yet another way to make text stand out in your Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation (and you know you are)? Perhaps you might like to warp a slide title so it is arranged in a circle, wave, or fade. Or, fit a longer block of text to an arch or circular path.

With just a few clicks you can arrange text in patterns that many 1980's word processors dared not dream; see the below examples:


Examples of warping text in PowerPoint 2010



1. Select the text you want to warp or fit to a path.

2. The "Format (Drawing Tools)" tab in the Ribbon should appear. Click it.

3. In the "WordArt Styles" section, click the "Text Effects" button / pull-down.

4. Select "Transform" from the pop-up menu.

5. Choose from a variety of Follow Path or Warp effects. For the Follow Path effects to work as desired, you may need to resize your textbox or fonts.


Applying a warping Transform effect to a block of text in a PowerPoint 2010 presentation



To remove the effect, follow the above steps but select the letters "abcde" underneath "No Transform" from the pop-up menu.

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