Vertical Text In Word

Making text vertical in Word isn’t easy if you don’t know where to look. There is no simple way of getting Word to display vertically aligned text, but there is a sneaky way.

Vertical Text In A Text Box

First of all, you’ll need your text in a text box. To insert a text box in your document, go to the Insert tab and click Text Box (in the Text group). When the Text Box gallery opens, choose the text box style you want. Most people will find that the Simple Text Box (the first option) suffices but go ahead and knock yourself out.

When the text box has been inserted in the document, you can start typing in it.

Drawing Tools Tab

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As the image above shows, when the text box is selected, the Drawing Tools tab is displayed in the ribbon. This is just what we need: go to the Format tab and click Text Direction (in the Text group). Choose the direction that suits you.

Text Direction In Word

For vertical text you will need either the Rotate all text 90 degrees or the Rotate all text 270 degrees option. One has the text direction facing downwards and the other upwards.

Now this is really weird: when you place the cursor in your vertical text, it changes to a horizontal cursor. And when you type, the text continues in your new chosen direction. How strange.

Vertical Text In A Table Cell

Another way to get vertical text is to type it into a table cell. While the table is selected (simply having the cursor in a table cell selects the table), you’ll see the Table Tools tab displayed in the ribbon. Go to the Layout tab within. In the Alignment group, you should see the Text Direction command. If you click repeatedly on that button, the orientation of the text in the selected cell will cycle through horizontal – 90 degrees – 270 degrees.