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Rotating text in 90-degree increments and to intermediate angles (e.g., 30 or 45 degrees)

Related pages -

•  Stamping documents -
Creating "DRAFT," "COPY," "CONFIDENTIAL," or other identification stamps on the pages of a document (several methods described to create and insert the stamps at various locations)

Note: The following methods require WordPerfect Office 8 (c.1997) or later version (Method #4 requires WordPerfect 9 (c.1999) or later).

See also: Creating "DRAFT," "COPY," and other identification stamps on the pages of a document here.

Method 1.  Rotating text in 90-degree increments (i.e., 90, 180, or 270 degrees) -- 2 easy ways to do it.  [For intermediate rotation angles see other methods below.]

Method 1A - Use a Text box (Insert, Text box).

Text boxes are quick and easy to create, and they can be dragged to another location.

[1] Insert the text in the text box. [Or, select the text first and then use Insert, Text box. This will automatically create the box around the text.]

[2] Click anywhere outside the box to de-select it.

[3] Right-click on the box and resize/reposition the box if desired by using one of the 8 drag handles (small black squares) on the perimeter of the box (or you can right-click on the box and choose "Position").

[4] Right-click on the box and choose "Content" on the context menu that appears.

[5] Rotate the text clockwise either 90, 180, or 270 degrees by clicking one of the radio buttons on that dialog.

[6] Optionally remove the box borders. (First, if the cursor is inside the box click anywhere outside it to de-select the box.) Right click on the box, choose Border/Fill on the context menu, and in the Box Border/Fill dialog that appears click on the first (empty) icon in the "Available border styles" list. Click OK to return to the box, then click outside it to return to the document.


☼  If you need to edit the text box later, just left-click on it to open the Text Box Editor screen and edit the text. Alternatively you can right-click on it and use the context menu choices. When finished you can close the Text Box Editor window with the Close icon on the property bar, or by using File, Close on the main menu. (Yes, you can close the editing window from the File menu!)

☼  More fun with text boxes: Create "rounded" and "overline/underline" text boxes around words or phrases with the macros here.


Method 1B - Use a table (Table, Create).

For those who work with tables a lot, here's a way to rotate text in a cell.

[1] Rotate the content of a table cell using the Cell tab on the "Properties for Table Format" dialog. If this dialog is not open, just right-click on the table cell and choose Format from the context menu that appears.

[2] Use the Rotate drop list on the Cell tab of the
"Properties for Table Format" dialog and set it to either 90, 180, or 270 degrees.


☼  For 45-degree angles you can also use the table's Skew feature, discussed in Method 4 below (WordPerfect 9 and later versions only).

☼  Multiple cells can be rotated in one operation by selecting the range of cells (e.g., hold down the Shift key at the starting cell and extend the selection with an Arrow key); then right-click the selection; then choose "Table Tools". With the "Tools" dialog open you can then click Format, then use the Cell tab to set the rotation. [Rotating multiple cells is often used to create "tear-off" tabs on the bottom of a sheet of paper, with each tab containing contact information, etc.]

☼  In Reveal codes you should see a character-anchored, inline text graphic [Box] code, which contains the rotated text. Optionally, it can be copied or deleted in Reveal Codes like any code, as described here.

[3] Optionally remove the table's borders and/or cell lines. (If you can't see borders or cell lines, see here.)

•  For a one-cell table: Place the cursor in the cell (but not on the rotated text area), right-click to display the context menu, then choose Borders/Fill. In the "Properties for Table Border/Fill" dialog, click on the Table tab and choose "X" for both Table border and Default cell lines. Click OK.

•  For a multi-cell table here are two ways to do it:

- either put the cursor in a table cell (but not on a rotated text area) and (1) select the entire table with the Select All Cells button (image) on the table's property bar, then (2) click the Default Line Style button (image) which then appears on the property bar, and choose "X";

- or (1) select the entire table first with your mouse, (2) right-click anywhere on the selected table (but not on a rotated text area), and then (3) choose Borders/Fill from the context menu that appears, and choose "X" as the style for all items. [This method should bring up the "Properties for Table Borders/Fill" dialog. Any button icon there that contains an "X" means the feature is turned off.]

Method 2.  Use the Text Art feature (Insert, Graphics/Pictures, TextArt) to create the rotated text to the desired angle. The TextArt module is actually part of WordPerfect Office Presentations, included with most editions of WordPerfect -- although you start TextArt from inside WordPerfect.
For example, when the TextArt window is open (it has a modified menu at the top of the window) you can click on the 2D Options tab on the draggable TextArt dialog that appears adjacent to the TextBox image area.

On that tab, click the Rotation button to place 4 rotation "handles" on the image (small black squares in the corners of the image).
You can use your mouse to drag any of those handles to rotate the underlying image.

Note that the Rotation button acts as a toggle: Click it again and the handles on the image will be removed. Click again and they reappear.


•  In addition to manually dragging the TextArt image to rotate it you can specify an exact angle by double-clicking (or right-clicking) directly on the Rotation button on the 2D Options tab (or alternatively by choosing Rotation, Rotation on the TextArt window's 2D Options menu).

This brings up a small dialog with these 5 choices:

- No Rotation (i.e., the image contents will be set to zero degrees)
- 90 degrees
- 180 degrees
- 270 degrees
- Other [enter the desired number of degrees in the small field]

Make your choice then click Apply, then Close.

•  TextArt might be a fun way to create a circular text stamp used in a watermark (screen shot of an example here). For instructions see the footnote on the StampDoc page here.

•  With TextArt, the text is rotated inside a graphic box. This is different from rotating the structure containing the text (the box, table cell, etc. -- see below), since the perimeter of a TextArt box often limits or distorts the text in some cases. (No surprise here: Distorted text is the purpose of TextArt.)  On the other hand, for some tasks rotating the entire structure ("container") after text has been inserted in it typically does not change the text inside it -- it just rotates that "container-ized" text in the document. So, try both methods to determine which works best for you.

•  For more on TextArt see WordPerfect's Help (F1).

Method 3. Use the Equation editor (available in some editions of WordPerfect) to create a box containing the rotated text. Users familiar with the Equation editor might find this method useful. See Footnote 1 below for the method.

Method 4. [WordPerfect 9 and later versions:] Try putting the text in a single-cell table, then right-click the table and choose Format, Skew tab. Choose one of the skew settings (e.g., Top Right), then click More. In the Edit Skew box, set the angle to whatever you require, then click OK. But see these tips first:


☼  With this method you can create a larger diagonal (45-degree) "stamp" as a watermark that will display on one or more pages. This is often used to create "COPY", "DRAFT", "CONFIDENTIAL" and similar stamps in large or full-size page formats. See the method in a footnote on the Stamping Documents tips page here (screen shot of sample result) -- as well as other methods on that page (such as circular stamps).

☼  If you put the resulting one-cell table inside a text box, you can drag the text box into position on the page. Then you can remove the borders from the box (as in Method 1A above). (You can remove the table cell's borders, too, by right-clicking on the table, as in Method 1B above.)

Footnote 1

[Continued from "Equation editor" above...]

Here's how t
o use the Equation Editor box method to rotate a short string of text to any angle (i.e., not just to 90, 180, or 270 degrees).

Important note -

The appropriate Equation Editor dialog to use, and the Image Tools palette, will only be available if the Equation Editor is set to the current WordPerfect version in Tools, Settings, Environment, Graphics, Default Equation Editor -- and not to the WordPerfect 5.1 to 7 Equation Editor (which might be your current default setting).

[If you prefer the 5.1 to 7 version you can simply toggle it to the other setting temporarily.]

[1] Click Insert, Equation. This opens the current WordPerfect version's Equation Editor dialog:

Equation editor

[2] Enter the text in the Edit Equation window (e.g., CONFIDENTIAL, as in the example above).

Note that the default appearance is Italic; this can be changed in step #5 below.

[3] After entering the text, double click on it to select it.

[4] Click on the Size drop list and choose Other, then in the next dialog specify the size in points (e.g., 48 for a page-size stamp).

Click OK.

Optional: Set the Zoom to (e.g.) 50% to make it easier to visualize.

[5] Set the Style to Other, then specify the Font (e.g., Verdana) and the style (e.g., Normal, if you don't want Italic or Bold).

Click OK.

Optional: Set the Color and brightness of the text, if desired.

[6] Click OK to insert the box into your document and dismiss the Equation Editor.

You should now be back in the main document.

[7] Resize the box. With the 8 small square black grab handles visible around the box edge, drag them to resize the box to a square size (for example to fill between page margins).

Alternatively: Simply right-click on the image, choose Size, and make the height equal to the width; then click OK.

A square size allows room for the text to be rotated without part of it being "clipped".

[8] Right-click on the image and choose Position, then in the Box Position dialog attach the box to the Page so that it can later be dragged into another position (or you can just set an exact position in the Box Position dialog).

[9] Rotate the image with the Rotate button on the Image Tools palette dialog:

•  Right-click on the equation box and choose Image Tools from the menu that appears; then click the Rotate button.
Note that the image must be converted to a WPG graphic image before it can be rotated; just accept this option when it is presented to you. (Note also that the text sometimes seems to disappear during this process; however, the text will reappear when you click outside the box or expand it slightly.)

•  Drag one of the four grab handles that appear inside the image (at the ends of the text string) to rotate it.

[10] Close the Image Tools dialog. (See sample of results below.)


☼  The image can be dragged into position (if it is anchored to the page). If it cannot be dragged, right-click on the box, click Position from the context menu, and then "Attach box to: Page." Alternatively you can right click on the box and choose Position to specify the location (e.g., Between Page Margins).

☼  In Reveal Codes you should see a single [Box] code. It contains the text image. You can select just this code in Reveal Codes, copy it (Ctrl+C) to use it in any document's text (Ctrl+V).

☼  Creating a QuickWord from the selected [Box] code so that you can store the code makes it easy to use in the future -- such as a watermark. On the page where the watermark is to appear, use Insert, Watermark and (in the watermark screen that opens) type the QuickWord abbreviation. Optionally set the image shading on the Watermark property bar to (e.g.) 25%, then Close the watermark editing screen to return to the document. See sample below.

Sample screen grab of a rotated stamp used in a watermark (image shade set to 25% via the watermark property bar):

Sample watermark