How to Rotate Text in Excel 2013

Depending upon the way that you are using Microsoft Excel 2013, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to rotate the text in a cell. Whether that text is already rotated and you want to restore it back to the default orientation, or if you want to draw attention to something, it is helpful to know how to rotate text in your spreadsheet.

Text rotation in Excel 2013 can be achieved by changing the orientation setting for a selected cell, or group of cells. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting so that you can customize the rotation of your cell text.


Rotating Text in Cells in Excel 2013

The steps in this article will show you how to rotate the text in a cell in Microsoft Excel 2013. There are several preset options for rotating your text, but you can elect to format the text alignment yourself, if you would prefer.

Rotating text in a cell can result in the text characters looking strange. This can occasionally be fixed by changing the font of the text that you have rotated.


  1. Open your Excel file.

  3. Select the cell containing the text that you want to rotate.
  4. select the cell with text to rotate



  5. Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
  6. click the home tab



  7. Click the Orientation button in the Alignment section of the ribbon, then select the direction in which you wish to rotate the text. If you would prefer to manually set the text rotation, then click the Format Cell Alignment option.

click the orientation button



You can manually set the text rotation by adjusting the value in the field in the Orientation section.

manually customize cell rotation in excel 2013



The existing cell formatting in a spreadsheet that you have received from someone else can make it difficult for you to work with the data. Rather than trying to find and remove each individual formatting option, it can be easier to just remove all of the formatting from the worksheet instead. newsletter

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