How to Make Text Angled on Microsoft Word

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The default setup upon opening a new Microsoft Word document has a blinking cursor read to accept and present text in typical book, magazine or other printed material format -- in a straight line from left to right. On occasions where you're looking for something not so straight and narrow, take advantage of Word's text boxes. Any text not in the typical left to right format must be placed into a text box, but after that, rotating text is just a swirl of the mouse to any angle preferred.

  • Open Microsoft Word. Click the "File" tab. Click "Open." Browse to the document with the text to angle and double-click the file name. The document opens in a new Word window.

  • Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Text Box" button on the ribbon below the tab. Select the first option, "Simple Text Box" and a text box is added to the Word document.

  • Highlight the text to angle. Press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys to copy it. Click into the text box and the placeholder text inside becomes highlighted. Press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys to paste in the text.

  • Click the border of the text box to bring up the orange "Text Box Tools" tab. Click the "Shape Outline" button and select "No Outline." Click the "Shape Fill" button and select "No Fill."

  • Click the green dot at the top-center of the text box. Notice the cursor changes to a twirl icon. Click and move the mouse to angle the text. Drag the text box into place as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't already have text, upon starting a new document, simply follow these same instructions. Instead of copying and pasting the text into the text box, click into the text box and start typing. The placeholder text will be overwritten by your words. Then follow the rest of the instructions.
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