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If you’re looking to add a little bit of pizzazz or graphic design elements to your Word document, you can easily create diagonal text using the text box and WordArt options. In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to make diagonal text in Word.

How to Make Diagonal Text in Word with a Text Box

One of the easiest ways to make diagonal text in Word is with a text box. To do so, you need to make a text box first!

Switch to the “Insert” menu.

switch to insert menu

Click the “Text Box” button.

Your text box will now appear in Word. You can double-click the text box to type any text you’d like.

type text into the box

To adjust the angle of your text box, click anywhere in the box. You’ll see a semicircular “Rotate” arrow at the top of the box.

drag the rotate button to rotate text

Click and hold the arrow, and then drag to rotate your text box in whichever direction you’d like.

text box rotated diagonally

Presto! Diagonal text.

How to Make Diagonal Text in Word with WordArt

If you want your text to be even fancier, you can use WordArt! WordArt allows you to insert stylish text AND make it diagonal.

Switch to the “Insert” menu.

switch to the insert menu

Click the “WordArt” button.

cick the word art button

Select the style of text you’d like to insert. The menu shows how the text will appear in your document.

choose a word art style

Insert your WordArt of choice. Then, click and hold on the semicircular arrow at the top of the box.

use the rotate handle to rotate the word art

Rotate away in whatever direction you’d like.

word art rotated diagonally

Now you have beautiful, diagonal text!

Rotate to a Specific Angle

Have a text box or WordArt that you need to rotate to a specific angle? No problem; Word can do that, too.

Start by selecting the text box or WordArt object in your document.

select the object

On the Drawing Tools > Format menu, click the “Rotate” button and then click “More Rotation Options” on the drop-down menu.

more rotation options

The Layout window that opens should default to the “Size” tab. Set the “Rotation” value to whatever degree of clockwise rotation you want (you can use negative numbers to rotate counterclockwise) and then click “OK.”

set rotation degree


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