How Do I Rotate Text Boxes in Paint?

By Zicheng Ren

Windows Paint is a concise and easy-to-use image editing tool you can use to draw pictures, insert photos and add text boxes. Rotating text in text boxes adds a colorful feature to the text and can sometimes be just what you need to add emphasis to your project. You can add a text box using the "Text" tool and select the target text in order to apply the "Rotate" function.

Step 1

Click the "Text" tool from the Tools group in the Home tab to add text to the canvas.

Step 2

Click and drag the mouse to draw a text box on the canvas.

Step 3

Type the text you want to appear in the text box. You can set the color, font and size of the text in the Text Tools section.

Step 4

Click "Select" from the Image group in the Home tab.

Step 5

Click and drag the mouse over the text you want to rotate. You don't have to select all of the text; you can rotate selected text while leaving the un-selected text in the original orientation.

Step 6

Click "Rotate" in the Image group on the Home tab and choose one of the rotation methods in the drop-down list. There are five directions you can rotate the text; for example, rotating left 90 degrees.

Step 7

Check the rotated text shown in the canvas. Re-select and rotate the text as you wish.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is easy and simple to use Paint to edit and rotate text in text boxes, but there are limits to Paint, such as there being only five directions to rotate text. There are many other image editing tools such as GIMP, Paint.NET and PhoXo that allow you to edit text and pictures with multiple features.
  • If you don't select the text using the "Select" tool before you click "Rotate," you will rotate the whole canvas instead of the text.