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How to Make Text Vertical in Google Docs

Text that you add in Google Docs is automatically horizontal.

To make a text vertical in Google Docs, you need to insert a new drawing and add a text box.

After you’ve added a text box, rotate it by 180 degrees and align it to the center.

Lastly, align the text to the left, center, or right of the page.

Do note that you cannot move the vertical text manually.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to change the text direction in Google Docs from horizontal to vertical.

Step 1: Insert a new drawing

  1. Open Google Docs.
  2. Click on “Insert”.
  3. Select “Drawing”.
  4. Click on “New”.

After you’ve clicked on “New”, you’ll be able to add a new drawing.

You can make a text vertical by adding a text box and rotating it.

Step 2: Add a text box and rotate it

How to Make Text Vertical in Google Docs
  1. Click on the text box icon.
  2. Type something in the text box.
  3. Rotate the text box by 180 degrees by clicking and dragging the pin.
  4. Click on “Save and Close”.

You can rotate any text box by clicking and dragging the pin on top of it.

When you hover over the pin icon, your cursor will transform into a “+” icon.

When your cursor transforms into a “+” icon, you can start rotating the text box.

Step 3: Align the text

Vertical text in Google Docs
  1. Click on the text box.
  2. Align the text box to your choosing.

You can align the text box using the alignment tools on the top navigation bar of Google Docs.

You can either align the text to the left, middle, or right of the page.

You’ve successfully learned how to make a text vertical in Google Docs!

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