Create a Curved Arrow in Word

Have you ever wondered how to go about drawing a curved arrow in Microsoft Word? In the following tip, you’ll learn how to draw a curved arrow in Word 2010.

If you’ve ever wanted (or needed) to add a curved arrow to your Word document, you may have thought that it’s as simple as using the Insert button within the Illustrations group. However, this is not the case; there is no curved arrow available on the Insert menu — only straight, blocked, or wavy arrows.

To add a curved arrow to your document, you have to do so manually. You start by adding a curved line and then change one of the end points to an arrow.

To add a curved line, click the Insert tab. Within the Illustrations group, click the Shapes button.

Create a Curved Arrow in Word

From the available lines, choose one of the curved lines. For the purpose of this exercise, choose the arced line under the Basic Shapes, as shown in the figure below.

Create a Curved Arrow in Word

Insert the curved line into your document. Your line should look similar to the one shown below.

Create a Curved Arrow in Word

As you can see, the line currently has no arrow. Now you need to customize the line’s end point to change it to an arrow. Click the line within your document and the Drawing Tools tab appears. Click the Format tab. Within the Shape Styles group, click Shape Outline, point to Arrows and select an arrow style.

Create a Curved Arrow in Word

If you still want to make the line more curved, select the line once again. Under the Drawing Tools tab, within the Shape Styles group, click Edit Shape. Click one of the end points of the line to activate it. A direction handle appears in the middle of the line. Drag the direction handle to alter the curve.

And that’s all there is to it! You successfully created a curved arrow in a few simple steps.