How to Create ‘Vertical’ Text in MS Word

In MS Word, you can change the orientation of text from horizontal to vertical in a few quick clicks. This trick is useful if you want to have text run up the side of a page or along a column.

To do this, the text must be inside a text box, shape, callout, or table.

You can’t change the orientation if it’s on a regular paragraph.

To change the direction of the text, for example, inside a table:

  1. Click the table cell that contains the text you want to change.
  2. On the Format menu, click Text Direction.
  3. Select the orientation you want.

If you want to change this back to the previous settings, press Ctrl+Z to undo your last action.