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Text Rotation in MS Word

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

MS Word: Moving In a New Direction

Ever find yourself looking to rotate text in MS Word?

Maybe you’re trying to make a flyer with phone number tabs across the bottom? Or, maybe you need to run some text down the side of a document and you don’t want to use WordArt, just simple text. Whatever your reason, you need to rotate the text, and you find yourself in search of the process.

Did you find a way to do it?

Believe it or not, there is a way… but finding it can be quite a dilemma.

With it already said that it’s possible, let’s get busy taking a look at how it can be done.

We begin by inserting an AutoShape or Text Box in the document and place text within it. (You can add text into an AutoShape with a right-click and then choosing Add Text.)

When the AutoShape or Text Box is selected, you’ll have access to the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon.

On that tab you need to locate the Text Direction button. (The button won’t even appear on the tab until the shape contains text – the choices on the Drawing Tools Format tab will actually change at that time.)

This button will flip through the three available directions for the text. Just keep clicking until you’ve got what you want.

And there you are – text rotation, it’s not too difficult once you’ve found your way.

~ April

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