If you are composing a document in Microsoft Word and want to get a little creative with the appearance, you may be thinking of rotating some text. You may want to rotate the text at a slight angle or rotate it 90 or even 180 degrees.
Although rotating text in Microsoft Word is not difficult, it is not entirely obvious how to do it. Next, we will show you how to rotate or rotate a text in Word and the various options you have for the angle.
Insert a text box in Word
To rotate text in a Word document, you must place the text in a text box.
In Windows, go to the tab Insert and use the drop-down arrow next to Text box in the Text section of the ribbon. You can draw a text box or select the Simple Text Box option.
On Mac, go to the tab Insert and click the drop down arrow Text. Then click the arrow for Text box and choose Draw a text box or Draw a vertical text box.
After inserting the text box, write your text inside it. So, get ready to spin it!
How to Flip or Rotate a Text Box in Word
You have several ways to rotate the text box with the text inside.
Using the rotation handle
When you select the text box, you will see a rotation handle at the top. You can drag this handle left or right to rotate the text.
If you want to limit the flexibility in the rotation, press and hold the key. Shift while using the rotary knob. This will make the text box rotate 15 degrees at a time.
Use the rotate option on the ribbon
If you want to do a simple 90 degree turn of the text box, you can do it with a tool on the ribbon. Select the text box and go to the tab Format so that it is displayed.
In Windows, click the button Rotate objects from the Organize section of the ribbon. Then choose Rotate Right 90 Degrees or Rotate Left 90 Degrees.
On Mac, click the drop-down arrow Organize on the ribbon and then on the arrow To turn. Choose Rotate Right 90 degrees or Rotate Left 90 degrees.
And if you want the text backwards, you can click one of those two options on Windows or Mac twice.
Set an exact angle of rotation
Maybe you have an exact angle that you want to use for the rotation of your text. You can add it in Word on both Windows and Mac.
Open option To turn on the tab ribbon Format as described above. Then select More turning options.
In the Rotate section of the design box that appears, enter a number or use the arrows to increase or decrease the angle degrees next to Rotation. Click OK.
Note: After rotating the text box, it will appear horizontally each time you select it. This helps make it easier to edit the text.
Delete the border of the text box
When you draw or insert a text box in Word, it has a border by default. This may be fine for your situation, but if you’d rather remove that border to show only the text inside, here’s how to do it.
Select the text box and go to the tab Format Shape. Click the drop down arrow Shape contour and select No outline.
Now, you will only see the text inside the box, and it will appear in your document like the rest of the text. If you select it, you will see a slight border to help you move or resize the box or rotate it again.
Rotate text to any angle in Word
Whatever the reason you want to rotate your text at an angle, now you know how easy it is to do it in Microsoft Word.