Mastering Document Design: How to Turn Text Sideways in Google Docs

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How to Turn Text Sideways in Google Docs

Rotating text in Google Docs can be useful for creating labels, diagrams, or just adding a creative touch to your document. As an expert in tech-related issues and how-to articles, I’m here to guide you through the process of turning your text sideways in Google Docs. Let’s dive straight into the steps.

Using Google Drawing

As of my knowledge cutoff in early 2023, Google Docs doesn’t have a feature that directly rotates text within a document. However, you can achieve this by using Google Drawings, an integrated feature within Google Docs.

  1. Open your Google Docs document.
  2. Click on “Insert” in the top menu.
  3. Select “Drawing” and then “New.” This will open the Google Drawings window.
  4. In the drawing window, click on the “Text box” button, which looks like a “T” in the toolbar.
  5. Click and drag in the drawing area to create a text box.
  6. Type your desired text into the text box.
  7. Once you have entered the text, click on it to select it.
  8. You should see a blue dot above your selected text box. Click and hold this blue dot, then drag either clockwise or counter-clockwise to rotate your text.
  9. After rotating the text to the desired angle, click “Save and Close” to insert the drawing into your document.

You can now move and resize the drawing with the rotated text as needed by clicking on it and using the handles that appear around it.

Adjusting Text Orientation

If you’re using a table and want to change the orientation of text within a cell, Google Docs allows for this kind of adjustment, which can be particularly useful for headers or labels. Here’s how:

  1. Select the table cell that contains the text you want to rotate or if you haven’t yet created a table, click on the “Insert” menu and choose “Table” to create one first.
  2. Right-click on the selected cell and choose “Table properties.”
  3. In the “Table properties” dialog box, click on the “Cell vertical alignment” drop-down menu and select “Middle.”
  4. Then, click on “Text rotation” and choose your desired orientation.
  5. Click “OK” to apply your changes.

A quick visualization of these settings can be seen in the following table:

| Setting | Options | Description |
| Cell vertical alignment | Top, Middle, Bottom | Aligns your text vertically within the cell. |
| Text rotation | 0°, 90°, 270° | Rotates the text within the cell accordingly. |


Can I rotate text to any angle within a table cell?

In Google Docs, the text rotation within table cells is limited to 0 degrees, 90 degrees, or 270 degrees. For other angles, you must use Google Drawings, as described in the steps above.

Will rotating text change the layout of my document?

Inserting a rotated piece of text via Google Drawings may affect text flow slightly, as the rotated element is treated like an image. You can adjust text wrap settings by clicking on the drawing in your document and choosing an appropriate wrapping option from the toolbar.

Can I edit the text after I’ve rotated it?

Yes, you can edit the text even after rotating it. Just double-click on the rotated text drawing to reopen the Google Drawings window. Click on the text box, and make your changes. Click “Save and Close” to update the text in your document.

Turning text sideways in Google Docs might not be as straightforward as formatting text in other word processors, but with a little workaround using Google Drawings, it is both possible and relatively easy to achieve decent results. I trust these steps have helped you achieve the document design you were going for.