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How to Rotate Text in Google Sheets

In this article, you will learn how to change the direction of text in Google Sheets.

Why do you rotate fonts in Google Sheets?

There are several reasons why you might want to rotate text in Google Sheets. Some possible reasons include the following:

  1. To make better use of space in a cell or on a sheet. For example, if you have a long text string that doesn't fit within the width of a cell, rotating the text can allow you to display the entire text string without having to widen the column.
  2. To improve the readability of the text. For example, if you have a long text string that is difficult to read when displayed horizontally, rotating the font can make it easier to read.
  3. To create a more visually appealing design for a sheet. For example, if you want to add some visual interest to a sheet, rotating text can help to break up the monotony of horizontally aligned text.

You should rotate text in Google Sheets whenever it helps you organize or present the information on your sheet.

How to change text direction in Google Sheets

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Select the cell or cells where you want to change the text direction.
  2. Click the "Format" tab in the menu bar and go to the “Rotation” section, or directly navigate to the toolbar and click the “text rotation” icon.
  3. In the "rotation" menu, choose the desired text direction. There are six types of rotations,  including the default setting and a dropdown menu to customize the degree of the rotation.
How to change the direction of texts from the menu bar or toolbar in Google Sheets

The text in the selected cell or cells should now be rotated to the angle you specified. If you want to undo this change, you can simply repeat these steps and set the rotation angle back to 0 degrees.

What are the other tips or formulas on text in Google Sheets?

Check the following articles if you are interested in formatting text in cells.
How to Make Text Bold, Italic, and Strikethrough in Google Sheets
How to Align Text in Google Sheets
How to Wrap Text in Cell in Google Sheets
How to Change Default Font in Google Sheets
How to Indent Texts in Google Sheets: Explained
How to Capitalize the First Letter in Google Sheets
How to Capitalize All Letters in Google Sheets
How to Make All Letters Lowercase in Google Sheets
TEXT Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you want to learn how to combine or split text in Google Sheets?
How to Combine Texts in Google Sheets
CONCAT Function in Google Sheets: Explained
How to Use the CONCATENATE function in Google Sheets
How to Split Texts into Columns in Google Sheets
How to Use SPLIT Function in Google Sheets
CHAR Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you want to know where a specify character or word is in a text string?
LEFT Function in Google Sheets: Explained
How to Use RIGHT Function in Google Sheets
SEARCH Function in Google Sheets: Explained
FIND Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you need to replace a part of text with another characters or words?
How to Use REPLACE Function in Google Sheets
SUBSTITUTE Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you like to show a formulae in a cell?
How to Use FORMULATEXT Function in Google Sheets

This function is useful when you need to count the number of characters in a text string.
LEN Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Why don’t you double-check the spelling of your texts or cleaning up extra spaces before printing or closing Google Sheets?
How to Spell-check in Google Sheets
How to Trim Whitespaces in Google Sheets

You can repeat the same text string with this formula.
REPT Function in Google Sheets: Explained

You can learn about other Google Sheets formulas and tips that are not mentioned here on this page: LiveFlow‘s How to Guides

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