How to Change the Direction of the Words in Microsoft Word

By Jean Brewer

One of the features of Microsoft Word is the ability to change the direction of words typed within its program. This is achieved by typing words inside a text box and then changing the orientation of the object that the text is typed within. This ability allows users to spice up their documents and create items, including tear-off tabs for flyers and other documents.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2010

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word by going to "Start," "All Programs," "Microsoft Office," "Microsoft Word 2010."

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab on the ribbon.

Step 3

Select "Text Box," "Simple Text Box" from the choices. The box will appear in your document.

Step 4

Type the words that you want to change the direction of in the text box.

Step 5

Left-click "Text Direction" in the Drawing Tools Format tab on the ribbon. Click upon the desired text orientation.

Step 6

Left-click the green dot above the text button and keep the mouse button depressed. Drag the dot around until the text is facing the direction (or angle) that you desire. Release the mouse button when satisfied.

Tips & Warnings

  • This tutorial works for Microsoft Word 2003 and newer.