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Tutorial – MS Excel – How to Write Text Vertically or at an Angle in an Excel Sheet

Updated on June 21, 2017
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Sometimes you may want the text to be visible vertically or at an angle. You may want to use the excel sheet during presentations and may want the text to appear in a certain way. MS Excel provides an option to do so. Read on to know how…

Steps:

1. Open the excel sheet where you need to type the text vertically or at an angle.

2. Vertical Text

a. Click on a cell and type the text that you want to appear as vertical. Under ‘Home’ tab > ‘Alignment’ section, click on the option with letters ‘ab’ and an arrow. Select the option ‘Vertical Text’.

b. Your text now appears vertically in the excel sheet cell. This is how the resulting text will look like. Starting from the top of the cell, the text will go all the way to the bottom of the cell instead of the traditional left to right text.

3. Rotate Text Up

a. Click on a cell and type the text that you want to rotate up. Under ‘Home’ tab > ‘Alignment’ section, click on the option with letters ‘ab’ and an arrow. Select the option ‘Rotate Text Up’.

b. Your text is now rotated up in the excel sheet cell. This is how your text will look like after using the 'Rotate Text up' option. The text will start at the bottom of the cell and go all the way to the top. Also, if you note, the letters are no longer straight. They are at an angle of 90 degrees when you view them straight from the front of your screen.

4. Rotate Text Down

a. Click on a cell and type the text that you want to rotate down. Under ‘Home’ tab > ‘Alignment’ section, click on the option with letters ‘ab’ and an arrow. Select the option ‘Rotate Text Down’.

b. Your text is now rotated down in the excel sheet cell. This is how your text will look like after using the 'Rotate Text Down' option. The text will start from the top of the cell and go all the way to the bottom of the cell. You can also note that the letters are at a 90 degrees angle from your viewing position if you are looking straight at your screen.

5. Angle Clockwise

a. Click on a cell and type the text that you want to rotate at an angle in clockwise direction. Under ‘Home’ tab > ‘Alignment’ section, click on the option with letters ‘ab’ and an arrow. Select the option ‘Angle Clockwise’.

b. Your text is now rotated at an angle in ‘Clockwise’ direction in the excel sheet cell.

6. Angle Counter-Clockwise

a. Click on a cell and type the text that you want to rotate at an angle in counter-clockwise direction. Under ‘Home’ tab > ‘Alignment’ section, click on the option with letters ‘ab’ and an arrow. Select the option ‘Angle Counter Clockwise’.

b. Your text is now rotated at an angle in ‘Counter Clockwise’ or 'anti-clockwise' direction in the excel sheet cell.

7. Rotate text at a given angle

a. Click on a cell and type the text that you want to rotate at a given angle of your choice. Under ‘Home’ tab > ‘Alignment’ section, click on the option with letters ‘ab’ and an arrow. Select the option ‘Format Cell Alignment’.

b. A menu is displayed which has the option to select the number of degrees at which you want the text to be rotated.

c. Select the angle from the menu and click 'OK'

d. Your text is now rotated at a given angle of your choice in the excel sheet cell.

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      Petite Hubpages Fanatic 4 years ago from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

      Thanks Wonder wool :)

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      This is so cool. I have never tried this before. Voted up!

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      Petite Hubpages Fanatic 4 years ago from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

      Thanks for reading Rumana. I am glad you found it useful.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      I am using excel but was not aware of this feature. Thanks for sharing it :)