How to Use Reverse Text in Microsoft Word

How to Use Reverse Text in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word doesn’t specifically provide the ability to type in reverse, but this can be achieved through use of the WordArt feature. WordArt is integrated into Microsoft Office (2007 version onwards), and allows users to stylise and manipulate text in a number of different ways. This is an extremely quick and easy method of creating document covers, signs, notices and more.

With WordArt, text can be made to glow, reflected, shadowed, bevelled or even flipped horizontally – which produces a “backwards” effect. To learn how to use WordArt to produce this effect, and many others, just follow the steps below in our simple guide.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • 1

    After launching Microsoft Word, open the document you wish to add backward text to by clicking the Office button and Open, then locating the file on your hard drive. Double-click to edit it in Microsoft Word.

    Alternatively, practice this technique on the blank document that opens when Word is first launched.

  • 2

    Locate the point in the document to add the WordArt to, and click to position the cursor there. Note that WordArt boxes can easily be repositioned, so you don’t worry if the location is not 100% perfect.

  • 3

    Click Insert on the main toolbar, and choose WordArt. Select a style from the dropdown that appears by clicking the preview. The WordArt text edit dialog is displayed.

  • 4

    Enter the text you wish to reverse into the text edit box, and select a suitable font type and size. Click OK when ready.

  • 5

    The WordArt box is inserted into the page, and is now ready to have effects applied to it. Click the WordArt box to select it, and then Format on the main toolbar.

  • 6

    Choose Rotate and Flip Horizontal. The text in the WordArt box now reads backwards.

Tips & Advice

  • Now you have learnt how to insert a WordArt element into your page, and apply a simple effect to it, you can easily manipulate it in many other ways. With the WordArt element selected, from the Format menu, try these:

    Add a 3D effect by clicking 3D Effects and choosing one of the various different perspectives. Click the preview to apply it to your WordArt element.

    There are also options for directional lighting in the 3D Effects menu. Experiment with them to see which works best for your document.

    Choose Shadow Effects to see a preview of various drop, perspective and other shadow types. Click one of the previews to apply it to your WordArt element.

    The Change Shape option allows you to modify the shape of your WordArt element, and the text will wrap itself around the chosen pattern. These range from fairly basic (diagonal) to zany (circular, semi-circular, chevron). Experiment with each by clicking the preview, until you find a good match for your text and document.

    Add gradients and textures in the Shape Fill menu. Gradients gradually blend from one colour to another, whereas adding a texture will map an image or pattern over the surface of your text.

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