Rotate text

Word can place text at an angle, or even flip it upside down.

Text tilted to an angle

The trick is, you have to start with a text box

  1. Click Insert > Text Box

The Text Box command on the Insert tab

  1. At the bottom of the Built-in text box gallery, click Draw Text Box.

  2. Click in the document and drag to draw the text box the size that you want.

  3. Click inside the text box and type or paste text.

  4. Tilt the text using any of the following steps. Note that you see the change as soon as you click outside the text box.

    • With the insertion point in the text box, click Rotate on the Drawing Tools Format tab. If you don’t see the commands on the ribbon, click the Drawing Tools Format tab.

      Rotate command on the Drawing Tools Format tab

      Use any of the rotate commands in the list.

    • Manually tilt the text box by clicking on the rotation handle on the text box and dragging in the direction you want. To keep the rotation to 15 degree angles, press and hold Shift while you drag the rotation handle.

Rotate handle on a text box

Remove or change the text box border

When you’re done, you can remove the border around the text box. Or you can keep the border and change it to make it fancier.

Remove the border

  1. Click inside the text box.

The Drawing Tools Format tab appears. If you don’t see the commands on the ribbon, click the Drawing Tools Format tab.

  1. Click Shape Outline, and then click No Outline.

Shape Outline command on the Drawing Tools Format tab
The border around the text box disappears when you click outside the text box.

Change the border

  1. Click on the text box border.

The Drawing Tools Format tab appears. If you don’t see the commands on the ribbon, click the Drawing Tools Format tab.

Shape Styles group on the Drawing Tools Format tab

  1. Click Shape Outline to change the outline color, to change the line weight, or to change the line to dashes.

  2. Click Shape Effects to add a shadow or a glow to the border.

Applies To: Word 2013



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