Make text vertical

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Make text flow vertically within a text box or AutoShape

Stack text vertically by using WordArt

Open the Objects toolbar

Make text flow vertically within a text box or AutoShape

You can change the direction of text within a text box or AutoShape so that it flows vertically instead of horizontally.

  1. In the text box or AutoShape, select the text that you want to flow vertically.

  2. On the Format menu, click Text Box or AutoShape, and then click the Text Box tab.

  3. Select the Rotate text within AutoShape by 90° check box.

    Note: You cannot rotate the text in any other way than by 90°. However, you can rotate the Text Box or AutoShape and the text will rotate with the text box or AutoShape.

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Stack text vertically by using WordArt

You can use WordArt to create a vertical line of text in which letters are stacked on top of each other from top to bottom.

  1. On the Objects toolbar, click Insert WordArt Button image .

  2. In the WordArt Gallery, under Select a WordArt style, click one of the vertical WordArt effects, and then click OK.

  3. In the Edit WordArt Text dialog box, type the text that you want, and then click OK.

Tip: If you want to create a stacked text effect with ordinary text, you can create text boxes that are as narrow as the width of a single character.

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Open the Objects toolbar

  • On the View menu, click Toolbars, and then click Objects.

The default location of the Objects toolbar is next to the task pane.

Objects toolbar

Note: You can move the Objects toolbar by pointing to the Undock button Undock button and dragging the toolbar where you want it.

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