Publisher 2003: WordArt and BorderArt

Lesson 12: WordArt and BorderArt



By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Insert and modify a WordArt style
  • Insert a BorderArt style

Using BorderArt and WordArt

Watch the video! (8:15 min)

You can use BorderArt and WordArt to draw interest to your publications. But be careful—a little be can go a long way. Be careful not to be distracting.

To apply BorderArt to a section of a page:

  • Draw a rectangle to use as the border:
    • Click the Rectangle icon on the Objects toolbar. A cross-shaped cursor will appear in your document.
    • Position your mouse in the upper-left corner where you want your object.
    • Click and drag your mouse to draw the rectangle.
    • Move and resize the rectangle as needed.
  • Apply BorderArt:
    • Select FormatactionAutoshape from the Main menu.
    • Click the BorderArt button in the the Format Autoshape dialog box.
    • The BorderArt dialog box will appear.

      BorderArt dialog box
    • Select a border from the list. Check the effect in the preview area.
    • Click OK, then click OK in the Format AutoShapes dialog box.

To create WordArt:

  • Click the Insert WordArt icon on the Object toolbar.
  • The WordArt dialog Box will appear.

    WordArt gallery
  • Select a style from the list.
  • Click OK.
  • Enter the text in the Edit WordArt dialog box.
  • Change the font, size, or style (bold or italic) if needed.
  • Click OK.
  • Move and resize the WordArt as needed.

To use the WordArt toolbar:

  • Select a WordArt object to make the WordArt toolbar appear.
  • Click Edit Text to edit the text.
  • Click the Change Shape icon (distorted letter A) to change the shape of the WordArt.
  • Click OK.
WordArt Toolbar with Change Shape selected.


If you have not already done so in a previous challenge, download and save the sample newsletter publication to complete this challenge.

  • Open the Sample Newsletter publication.
  • Replace the blue border at the bottom of the second page with BorderArt.
  • Replace the We Believe... text on page two with WordArt.
  • Try different shapes for WordArt to see the different effects.
  • Save and close the newsletter to use in the next challenge.