Kevin Lee reports:
"Advertisers often use special effects to draw attention to their products. You can add similar interest to your PowerPoint presentations by learning to use WordArt and PowerPoint transformation effects. If you’ve ever seen text shaped like a circle, you may have seen these types of effects in action. You don’t have to know how to type circular text because PowerPoint creates it for you when you find the right button to click. Open a PowerPoint presentation, click one of your slides and then click 'Insert.' Click 'WordArt' to view a list of WordArt styles. Click the style you like. PowerPoint adds text box to your slide that contains sample text in it. Click inside the text box, and press 'Ctrl-A' to select all of the text. Type your own text in the text box, and then press 'Ctrl-A' again to select the text you typed. Ensure that your cursor is inside the text box before you click 'Ctrl-A.' Move to the ribbon's Drawing Tools Format tab, and then click the 'Text Effects' button. Click 'Transform' followed by the 'Circle' effect. PowerPoint converts your text into a circle...You may see an incomplete semicircle the first time you try this if your text string does not have enough words to form a complete circle. Fix that by clicking the text to make its text appear and dragging the text box's lower-right handle up towards the left diagonally. When you do that, you make the text box smaller. Continue making it smaller until your text forms a circle. You also have the option to make the text itself bigger or smaller by clicking the 'Size and Position' button on the Drawing Tools Format tab. Type different values in the 'Height' and 'Width' text boxes to see how different text sizes affect the circle's shape...Try different [WordArt] styles if you’d like to experiment -- you may find one that works best with your circular text...Microsoft notes that you'll need to use a third-party graphics program if you need precise control or if you are creating a complex combination of text and shapes."
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