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Changing Text Orientation

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Changing Text Orientation.

Word provides you with the capability of changing the orientation of your text, provided that the text is within an AutoShape, text box, or table cell. This means that you can rotate this type of text ninety degrees, in either direction, from its normal appearance. To change text orientation, follow these steps:

  1. Select the AutoShape, text box, or table cell that contains the text whose orientation you want to change.
  2. Choose the Text Direction option from the Format menu. Word displays the Text Direction dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Text Direction dialog box.

  4. Choose an orientation from those offered.
  5. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1707) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Changing Text Orientation.

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Biplab Chandra    01 Jun 2016, 06:35
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pradyot karve    31 Jan 2015, 10:28
We are using 2 languages arabic and english. In a part of the word document i am unable to write in english. What ever i write comes as a mirror image, with the cursor remaining on right side like in arabic.
How do i make it accept english way of writing.
tabassam    19 Dec 2013, 07:53
this is a table data direction but with out table words type but no direction button active
please solve this
Ben    22 Nov 2012, 02:14
I have changed the body text to be vertical in word 2002 (xp) and have the documents as proof. I just don't remember how I did it since it was done a while ago.

I someone can help me remember, I could send the document.


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