Rotate a Page of Text in MS Word

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I can think of several reasons why one would want to rotate one page of text in their document, but I am sure you could all come up with a few on your own. Having said that, there are a couple of methods to do this in Word.

  • You could insert a text box and rotate the text within it;
  • Insert a table and rotate the text within a cell;
  • Or use WordArt.

One or any of the the above methods can prove to be very time consuming and clumsy to work with to accomplish your task.

So, follow the steps below to learn how to rotate your text easily:

  1. Insert a Next Page section break before and after the text you would like to rotate.
  2. Select at least one character between those section breaks, but do not select the actual section breaks. If you do not select at least one character, your entire document will be rotated.
  3. Click Alt + F11 to display your VBA Editor.
  4. Be certain that the Immediate window is displayed. It should appear at the bottom of your VBA Editor – if it does not, click CTRL + G.
  5. In the Immediate window, key in the following:
  6. Selection.Orientation = wdTextOrientationVerticalFarEast
  7. Click Enter.
  8. Close your VBA Editor.

Your text will now be rotated 90 degrees to your headers and footers. The page that contains the rotated text has had its layout changed to Landscape mode.  Even if you change the page setup to Portrait mode, your text will still be rotated on your page.

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Carol Bratt

Carol holds A+, MCP, and MOS computer certifications and is the resident DCT Office expert. She trains the staffs of small law firms in the use of Microsoft Office applications and has authored many books covering Microsoft Office as well as written articles for Infopackets, TechnoLawyer, and Digital Harbor. For more Microsoft Office tips visit Carol's Corner Office or follow Carol on FaceBook and Twitter.