What Is Vertical Text Alignment?

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Vertical text alignment is a function in Microsoft Office software programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Vertical alignment allows you to vertically align text on a page. To put simply, this means choosing the vertical placement of text in a document. There are several ways to do this, depending on the software program that is being used.

Ways to Vertically Align Text

  • One way to vertically align text is to switch the position of a word, for example, from reading from left to right to reading up and down. This can be done in PowerPoint and in Word. Another way would be to change the alignment of text in a cell by choosing whether it should be in the top, center or bottom of the cell. This can be done using PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

Functions to Vertically Align Text

  • In all Microsoft Office software programs, the function to align text can be performed by clicking the appropriate heading in the toolbar menu. The "Vertical Align" function can be executed in several ways, depending on the software program, so there is no single function that can be clicked to be able to vertically align text but rather a series of functions.

Vertical Alignment in Word

  • The first way to align text in Word is to create text using the WordArt function. When typing into WordArt, the letters appear horizontally in a box. However, in the Format menu in the toolbar and under the Text category, you can choose the WordArt Vertical Text icon so that the letters appear vertically, with the letters stacked on top of each other.

    Another way to vertically align text in Word is when typing into the cell of a table. In the Layout menu in the toolbar and under the "Table" category, you can choose the "Properties" icon, then choose to top, center or bottom align text that you have entered into a cell.

Vertical Alignment in PowerPoint

  • One way to vertically align text created using WordArt in PowerPoint is by right-clicking on the text then choosing the "Text Box" category under "Format Shape." From here, you can choose to vertically align the text inside the box to appear in the top, middle, bottom, top center, middle center or bottom center. Another way to vertically align the text is to choose "Align" from the "Format" menu in the toolbar and choosing if the text should appear in the top, middle or bottom of the page.

    In PowerPoint, text in a text box, images and a whole table can be aligned vertically under the "Format" toolbar in the category menu under "Align Text."

Vertical Alignment in Excel

  • In Excel, text can be aligned to fit into a cell by right-clicking on the cell where you have entered text. Under the "Home" menu in the toolbar and under the "Cells" category, you can choose the "Format" icon. Under "Format" cells, you can choose to vertically align the text in the cell to be positioned at the top, center, bottom, or to have the text justified or distributed.

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