How to Make Curved Text in PowerPoint 2013

Curved or circular text can add visual interest and flair to a PowerPoint presentation. With PowerPoint 2013, there are a few different ways to bend text to create an eye-catching effect. This guide will walk you through the steps.

Use WordArt for Curved Text

One of the easiest ways to curve text in PowerPoint 2013 is by using WordArt. Here’s how:

  1. On the Insert tab, click WordArt in the Text group.
  2. Select a WordArt style from the menu. The default text “Your Text Here” will appear formatted in that style.
  3. Type your own text to replace the default text.
  4. To curve the text, select the WordArt box. Then go to the Format tab under Drawing Tools and click Text Effects.
  5. Under Transform, select a curved style like Arc, Arch Up, or Circle.

You can customize the WordArt further by changing the text fill, outline, or font on the Home tab.

Bend Text with Transform

The Transform command also allows you to curve text that’s inside a normal text box, not just WordArt. Follow these steps:

  1. Insert a text box on your slide and enter your text.
  2. With the text box selected, go to the Format tab under Drawing Tools.
  3. In the Text Effects group, click Transform.
  4. Choose a curved style like Arc, Button, or Can Up.

Experiment with the different options to bend your text in various ways.

Wrap Text Around a Shape

You can conform text to the shape of an object, like a circle. Here’s how to achieve that effect:

  1. Insert the shape that you want to use. Size and position it on the slide.
  2. On the Insert tab, click Text Box.
  3. Draw a text box that overlaps the shape. If needed, send the text box behind the shape.
  4. With the text box selected, go to Format under Drawing Tools and click Text Effects.
  5. Under Follow Path, choose Circle.
  6. Drag the green circle handle to conform the text around the shape.

Animate Curved Text

Animations can make curved text even more eye-catching in your PowerPoint presentations. Here are some options:

  • On the Animations tab, use Entrance effects like Ease In to make text slide gracefully into place.
  • Add Emphasis effects like Grow & Turn to make letters pop in one by one.
  • Apply Motion Paths to make text follow a curved path across the slide.

When applying animations, use the Effect Options to fine-tune the direction, speed, duration, and more.

Tips for Curved Text

  • Use curved text sparingly. Too much can make slides look cluttered.
  • Avoid curving long paragraphs of text. A few words or a short phrase works best.
  • Make sure curved text is large enough to read easily.
  • Use a thick font and boldface for curved text to make it stand out.
  • Place curved text over a solid, neutral background. Busy backgrounds compete visually.
  • Coordinate curved text colors with your slide design for a cohesive look.
  • Balance curved text with straight text and other slide elements.

Troubleshooting Curved Text

Text doesn’t curve correctly

If your text isn’t curving the way you expect, check these settings:

  • For WordArt, the Text Effects > Transform command curves the text. Follow Path will not curve WordArt.
  • For normal text boxes, use Text Effects > Transform or Follow Path > Circle to curve text.

Curved text looks pixelated

Pixelation usually means the text box wasn’t sized proportionally before applying the curved effect. Try resizing the text box larger before curving the text.

Can’t manipulate handles on curved text

Select the text box, not just the text itself. The handles for adjusting the curved effect appear around the box border.

Curved text resets to straight

Click away from the text box to set the curved effect. Accidentally clicking on the text will revert it to straight.

Animating Objects

In addition to text, you can animate other objects like shapes, pictures, charts, and SmartArt. Here’s how:

  1. On the Animations tab, click Add Animation.
  2. Select an object on the slide to add an animation to.
  3. Pick an entrance, emphasis, exit, or motion path effect.

Use the Effect Options to change animation directions and set other options.

Morphing Shapes

For a truly impressive animation, have one shape morph smoothly into another:

  1. Insert two different shapes on the slide.
  2. On the Transitions tab, pick Morph transition.
  3. Select the two shapes to morph.
  4. Customize the effect duration, direction, or smoothness.

Experiment with morphing circles into arrows, rectangles into triangles, and more.

New Transition Effects

PowerPoint 2013 introduces several new transition effects you can use to animate entire slides:

  • Conveyor – Slides move left or right like they are on a conveyor belt.
  • Ferris Wheel – The next slide peeks in from one side, like a Ferris wheel seat rotating into view.
  • Pan – The old slide pans off while the new slide pans in.
  • Gallery – Slides display as pictures in a photo gallery.

Try applying these interesting new transitions between your slides.


With a bit of creativity, you can use PowerPoint’s curved text effects, animations, transitions, and shape morphs to create presentations that captivate your audience. Balance eye-catching effects with meaningful content for maximum impact.