Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Setting Orientation of Cell Values.

Setting Orientation of Cell Values

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 28, 2021)

Excel allows you to easily adjust how you want information to appear within a cell. The Alignment tab within the Format Cells dialog box allows you to specify how information should be oriented (in which direction the text should be printed). You can set orientation in the following manner:

  1. Select the cells whose orientation you want to change.
  2. Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click the small icon at the lower-right corner of the Number group. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box.
  4. Click on the Alignment tab. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Alignment tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

  6. Use the Orientation section to specify the angle (in degrees) at which the cell contents should be turned. You can set any value between 90 degrees and –90 degrees.
  7. Click on OK. Your cell contents are turned as you directed.
  8. Format your columns to so their width is better suited to the new text orientation.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7130) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Setting Orientation of Cell Values.

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