How to Format for Vertical Typing in OpenOffice

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By default, most word-processing programs -- including OpenOffice.org Writer -- format text horizontally to conform with the left-to-right reading style in the West. If you want your text to go vertically from the top of the document to the bottom, alter your word-processor's settings. To format for vertical typing in OpenOffice, enable the software's ability to use Asian-language styles. This makes a vertical text option available for use.

  • Start OpenOffice.

  • Click "Tools" in the menu bar and choose "Options."

  • Click the plus sign by "Language Settings" in the left panel to open more options. Click the "Languages" option.

  • Click the box beside "Enabled for Asian Languages." It's in the Enhanced Language Support section at the bottom of the right panel.

  • Click "OK."

  • Click "View" in the menu bar. Scroll down to "Toolbars." When your cursor hovers over "Toolbars," a new menu opens to the right. Click "Drawing" if it isn't already checked. This opens the Drawing toolbar at the bottom of the OpenOffice window.

  • Click the "Vertical Text" button in the Drawing toolbar. It looks like a sideways "T." This turns your cursor into a cross hair. Drag your mouse to create a box. When you type inside this box, your text appears in a vertical line.

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