How to Rotate Text 90 Degrees on Microsoft Word Processing

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Word 2013 under Windows 7 or 8.1 allows you to rotate a section of text at a 90 degree angle while keeping all other elements on the page horizontal by enclosing it in a text box. Alternatively, if you want to print a page that only contains vertical text, you can do so by setting the page orientation to landscape.

In addition to rotating it, Word also allows you to flip text upside down by selecting Flip Vertical.
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Step 1

Create or load a document in Word and select the Insert tab from the Ribbon. Click on the Text Box icon to open a menu that contains a list of text box styles.

Use the Text Box button on the Insert tab.
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Step 2

Select Simple Text Box to create a basic text box. If you want a more elaborate design, select one of the built-in styles instead. Word then creates a new text box and adds it to your document.

Select Simple Text Box option from the Text Box tab.
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Step 3

Type your text in the box. Optionally, use the font and paragraph editing tools in the Home tab to change your text's font, color or alignment. In addition, you can resize the text box by clicking and dragging the squares along the perimeter of the box, or move it on the page by hovering your mouse over the border of the box until your cursor turns into a four-headed arrow allowing you to drag the box around the page.

Text box in Word with dummy text.
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Step 4

Open the Format tab and select the Rotate option in the Arrange section of the Ribbon.

The Rotate icon in the Format tab is under the Arrange section.
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Step 5

Select Rotate Right 90 Degrees to perform a clockwise rotation or Rotate Left 90 Degrees to rotate it counter-clockwise.

Select either Rotate Right 90 Degrees or Rotate Left 90 Degrees.
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Step 1

Open a new document and type the text you want to print vertically.

Sample text typed in a new Word document.
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Step 2

Select the Page Layout tab from the Ribbon.

Page Layout tab in the Word Ribbon.
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Step 3

Click on the Orientation icon in the Page Setup section of the Ribbon. Select Landscape. If you want your text to appear in the middle of the page, add a few line breaks to center it by pressing the Enter key. You can now print your page by pressing CTRL-P.

"Orientation" menu in the Page Setup section.
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Tips & Warnings

  • If your document contains pre-existing text, you can turn that text into a text box by selecting it with your mouse, opening the "Text Box" menu in the Insert tab and selecting "Draw Text Box." Word then automatically generates a new text box containing the text you selected.
  • You can rotate a text box manually at an angle other than 90 degrees by clicking and dragging the open circle arrow at the top of the box.

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