Rotate text in a SmartArt graphic in Word

In SmartArt graphics, you can rotate the text vertically to present it sideways or to save space, without rotating the whole object or image.

  1. In a SmartArt graphic, place your cursor in the text that you want to rotate, right-click the text and then select Format Text Effects.

    Format Text Effects button

  2. In the Format Shape panel, under Text Box, select the text direction that you want.

    Text Effects panel with text direction selected

  3. Select X to close the panel.

If you want to rotate one or more graphic shapes and text, select the shapes. Go to Format > Rotate and select the amount or type of rotation. If you don't see Rotate, go to Format > Align > Rotate, and select the rotation.

In SmartArt graphics, you can rotate the text vertically to present it sideways or to save space, without rotating the whole object or image.

  1. In a SmartArt graphic, place your cursor in the text that you want to rotate, right-click the text and then select Format Text Effects.

    Format Text Effects button

  2. In the Format Text Effects dialog box, under Text Box, select the text direction that you want.

  3. Select Close.

    The Format Text Effects dialog box.

If you want to rotate one or more graphic shapes and text, select the shapes. Go to Format > Rotate and select the amount or type of rotation. If you don't see Rotate, go to Format > Align > Rotate, and select the rotation.

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