How to Rotate Text in PowerPoint


You can rotate text boxes and shapes -- shapes can hold text -- in Microsoft PowerPoint manually or by selecting a rotation setting from the Rotation menu. You can't rotate individual words unless you insert them into separate text boxes. PowerPoint also enables you to rotate a text box by a custom degree value.

Step 1: Selecting the Text Box

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Open the presentation you want to edit in PowerPoint or create a new presentation and type or paste the text you wish to rotate into a slide.

Click one of the words to display the outline of the text box and then click the outline to select the box.


  • When you mouse over the outline of the text box, the mouse pointer changes to a four headed arrow.

Step 2: Manually Rotating the Text Box

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Click and hold the rotation handle that appears at the top of the text box (do not release the mouse button). Move the mouse to the right or to the left to rotate the text clockwise or counterclockwise, respectively. Then release the mouse button.


    • The mouse pointer changes to a circular arrow when you mouse over the rotation handle.
    • The pointer changes to a four-headed circular arrow when you hold the rotation handle.

Step 3: Using the Rotate Objects Tool

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Switch to the Format tab. Click the Rotate Objects button in the Arrange group and select one of the predefined angles of rotation.


    • The Format tab is not displayed until you select a text box or shape.
    • Undo the changes by pressing Ctrl-Z, or select a different angle from the Rotate Objects menu.

Step 4: Rotating by a Custom Degree Value

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Select More Rotation Options after clicking the Rotate Objects button in the Arrange group to display the Format Shape pane.

Type a positive value -- in degrees -- into the Rotation field and press Enter to rotate the text box clockwise. Type a negative value to rotate the text box counterclockwise.


    • Don't forget to save the presentation by pressing Ctrl-S. In case PowerPoint or Windows crashes, you don't lose your work if you save periodically.
    • By default, PowerPoint saves the presentation automatically every 10 minutes.
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