Text boxes are really handy elements provided in MS Word to laying out your document structure. You can enter text in text-boxes and format them as in regular document space.
When tab settings, columns and tables are not convenient enough to place text properly in document, text boxes remain the only choice. You can draw a text box and configure its wrapping feature so that you can place it on margin spaces as well!
Text boxes are used:
- Make document look more attractive
- Provide extra information on the topic under discussion
- Highlight some points in the articles
- Easy laying out of the document
- and many more,
Though Microsoft Office provides many options to make text boxes attractive and useful, I wonder, why they did not offer a direct method to rotate text inside text boxes.
Go to Insert » Text box » Draw Text Box and draw a text box in document. Enter text in the text box and try to rotate it.
Did you find the options grayed? What? MS Word won’t support rotating text boxes?
If it is only to rotate the shape of text box, you can change shape and get the rotate handle.
You’ll get the rotate handle and now, you can rotate the text boxes. But what about the text? Still the text won’t rotate.
So, there’s no direct method so that you could rotate text in text boxes. But following is a video where Doug Thomas shows the workaround how you can get the effect of rotated text boxes.