How-To

How to Rotate Text in Google Docs

Working on a laptop

Do you need to rotate text in your Google Docs document? It isn’t as simple as you might think, but this guide will explain how.

Need to write up a document quickly—and for free? You’ll need to use Google Docs.

While it isn’t as feature-packed as Microsoft Word, there’s still plenty you can do in a Google Docs document. One feature you might not know how to use, however, is text rotation.

If you want to know how to rotate text in Google Docs, it’s still possible (if you know where to look). This guide will show you how.

How to Rotate Text in Google Docs Using the Drawing Tool

If you’re looking to rotate text in Google Docs (rather than basic, vertical text), then you’re going to need to use the drawing tool.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open your document.
  2. Move your cursor to the place where you want the rotated text to appear.
    google docs cursor
  3. Click Insert > Drawing > New.
    google docs insert new drawing
  4. Click on the Text Box tool.
    google docs text box tool
  5. Drag out a text box and enter your text.
    google docs text box
  6. Using your mouse, select the resize box icons around the text box.resize a google docs text box
  7. Drag the icons to the left until the text box is just wider than your text.
    resized google docs text box
  8. Click and hold on the dot at the top of the text box.text box handle google docs
  9. You can now rotate your text by moving this dot to the left or right.
    rotating text in google docs
  10. When you’re happy with how your text is positioned, let go of the dot. Your text will now be in its rotated position.
    rotated text in google docs
  11. Once you’re happy with the text, click Save and Close.
    save drawing in google docs
  12. Your drawing will now appear in your document.rotated text in google document
  13. Click on your drawing to access the wrapping options. This allows you to decide whether you want your text to appear.
    text wrapping options in google docs
  14. The default setting is in-line, which treats your drawing like another piece of text, meaning you can’t drag it around to reposition it.
  15. Select Wrap Text if you want to be able to drag your rotated text around and position it between words.
    wrap text in google docs
  16. You can also choose Behind Text or In Front of Text if you want your rotated text to appear behind or in front of the other text.
    text in front google docs

You can now reposition the text as needed by dragging it around the page. If you want to change the angle of the text, double-click on it to open the Drawing tool again.

How to Create Vertical Text in Google Docs Using the Drawing Tool

If you want to create vertical text in Google Docs, you can also use the drawing tool to achieve this.

To create vertical text in Google Docs using the Drawing tool:

  1. Move your cursor to the place where you want the text to appear.
  2. Click Insert > Drawing > New.
    google docs insert new drawing
  3. Click on the Text Box tool.
    google docs text box tool
  4. Drag out a text box and enter your text.
    new text box google docs
  5. Now click and hold on the dot on the right-hand side of the text box.
    resize your text box google docs
  6. Drag this point to the left until your text box is only a single letter wide.
    vertical text in google docs
  7. When you’re happy with your text, click Save and Close.
    save drawing in google docs
  8. Your text will now be inserted into your document.
    vertical text in a google document

How to Create Vertical Text in Google Docs Using a Table

The Drawing tool is the only way to turn text on its side, but it’s not the only way to create vertical text. You can also achieve the same result using a table.

Here’s how:

  1. Count up the number of characters you want your text to have, including spaces.
  2. Click on Insert > Table.
    insert table in google docs
  3. Drag out a grid that is 1 column wide and has the same number of rows as the characters you counted in step one.
    table size in google docs
  4. Type one character (or space) in each of the rows of your table.
    table text google docs
  5. Click and hold on the right-hand edge of your table.
    resize a table in google docs
  6. Drag the edge across to the left until your table is one character wide.
    resized table in google docs
  7. Click anywhere in your table and then click Format > Table > Table Properties.
    table properties in google docs
  8. Click on Color and set the Table Border to zero.
    table width google docs
  9. This will remove the border from your table.
    vertical text in table google docs

Doing More in Google Docs

Google Docs isn’t the no-frills application that it might appear at first glance. The more you dive in, the more features you’ll uncover. If you want to rotate text in Google Docs, for example, follow our steps above to get the job done.

For example, you can compare documents in Google Docs using a handy built-in tool. You can insert and edit charts in Google Docs, and if you’re working remotely, you can even use Google Docs offline.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

To Top