Certain types of documents, like flyers or newsletters, might need special formatting when they are created. If text in that document needs to be displayed in a manner other than horizontal, you may need to know how to write vertically in Word 2013. It’s an option that is found relatively easily in some other Microsoft Office products, but you may be having trouble finding it in Word.
While normal text that is inserted into your document can not be written vertically, you can write vertically in Word 2013 with the assistance of a text box. A text box in Microsoft Word exists on a level above the actual document, and can be manipulated separately from the main document body. So continue below to see two ways that you can write vertically in Word by taking advantage of text boxes.
How to Make Vertical Text in Word 2013
The steps in this guide will show you how to write vertically in Word. This guide was written specifically for the Word 2013 version of the program, but the same concept will work in other versions as well.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Text Box button in the Text section of the ribbon, then click the Simple Text Box option. You can use one of the other text box options, however, if you would prefer.
Step 4: Click the Text Direction button in the Text section of the ribbon, then click the Rotate all text 90 or Rotate all text 270 option, depending upon the direction that you would like your vertical text to go. The Rotate all text 90 option has your text going from the top of the text box to the bottom, while the Rotate all text 270 option has the text going from the bottom of the text box to the top.
If you want to write vertically in Word 2013 without rotating your text, however, then you will need to use a very thin text box that you manually resize. Once a text box gets thin enough, the letters in your text will be forced onto separate lines. You can do this by typing your text into a normal text box, then clicking and dragging the right border of the text box to the left.
Once you make the text box thin enough, the text will start splitting into additional rows, with one letter on each row.
Does your document need to be single spaced, but you are having difficulty getting that setting to work properly? Find out how to single space in Word 2013 by changing some style settings that you can even set as default options.
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