Rotating a Text Box

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 6, 2014)

Once a text box is in a slide, you can freely rotate that text box to any angle desired. This provides a cool way to "jazz up" your text so that it doesn't appear so run-of-the-mill.

Rotating a text box is actually quite easy. All you need to do is make sure that the text box is selected. (Click on it once. You can tell if it is selected by whether square handles appear around the border of the text box.) Now position the mouse pointer over the top of the rotation handle. It changes into a small crosshairs. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The location of the rotation handle.

Click and drag the rotation handle in whichever direction you desire. The text box is immediately rotated along with how you move the mouse and Sheets provides a helpful indicator of how many degrees your rotation is off of center. When you release the mouse button, the text box is fully rotated to that position.

Interestingly, if you hold down the Ctrl key as you drag the rotation handle, Sheets performs the rotation in 15-degree increments (15, 30, 45, etc.). This can make it easy to "pop" the rotation to an exact rotation.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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