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Changing Table Cell Text Direction

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 Table Cell Text Direction.

Word allows you to quickly change the direction in which the text in a cell faces. For instance, you may want the text to be vertical instead of horizontal. You can change text direction by following these steps:

  1. Right-click your mouse on the cell whose text direction you want to change. A Context menu appears.
  2. Choose Text Direction from the Context menu. The Text Direction dialog box appears. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Text Direction dialog box.

  4. Select the Orientation you want used for your text.
  5. When satisfied, click on OK.

You can also do the same task using the Tables and Borders toolbar:

  1. Position the insertion point in the cell whose orientation you want to change.
  2. Click your mouse on the Change Text Direction tool on the Tables and Borders toolbar. Word changes the orientation of the text in the cell.
  3. Continue clicking on the Change Text Direction tool until the orientation is exactly as you want it.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1781) 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 Table Cell Text Direction.

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