You can’t get much more basic than Microsoft PowerPoint’s default style of straight black text on a plain white slide, but consider that only your blank artist’s palette. Go off the straight and narrow and take your presentation’s text on a curve by applying some of PowerPoint’s formatting options. In just a click, you can twist and turn your text, giving your slides a more fanciful look for a title, resources section or just to call attention to a point you’re making.

Step 1

Open PowerPoint and browse to the slideshow file with the words you want to curve. Once you’ve opened that slide deck, scroll to or press “Page Down” to get to the slide with the words.

Step 2

Highlight all the words to put into a curve. Note that a new orange “Drawing Tools” tab opens above the ribbon.

Step 3

Click the “Text Effects” button on the ribbon, then click the “Transform” option.

Step 4

Drag the cursor, without clicking, through the options in the “Follow Path” or “Warp” sections, where you can do full curves, which make your words look like a circle, or half curves, where your words look like an arc.

Step 5

Click the curve style you want to apply and the formatting is complete.