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How to Rotate Text in a Cell – Excel & Google Sheets

In this tutorial, you will learn how to rotate text in a cell in Excel and Google Sheets.

rotate text in a cell

Excel allows us to change the direction of a cell’s content. We can rotate text clockwise, counterclockwise, up, or down.

Rotate Text in a Cell

To rotate text in cell A1, for example, counterclockwise, (1) select the cell, (2) go to Home > (3) Orientation, and (4) choose Angle Counterclockwise.

rotate angle counterclockwise

As a result, the content of cell A1 is rotated counterclockwise.

rotate angle counterclockwise 2

We can also rotate in other directions, using the Orientation options, shown below.

rotate cell direction

As you can see in the picture above, the cells are formatted as follows:

  • A1 – Angle Counterclockwise,
  • B1 – Angle Clockwise,
  • C1 – Vertical Text,
  • D1 – Rotate Text Up, and
  • E1 – Rotate Text Down.

Rotate Text to a Precise Angle

In addition to the options available in the Orientation menu, we can also manually set an angle degree of the text in a cell. By default, Angle Counterclockwise and Angle Clockwise are set to 45 degrees. If we want to set it to, for example, 60 degrees, (1) select the cell, (2) go to Home > (3) Orientation, and (4) choose Format Cell Alignment.

format cell alignment

The following screen appears, and we need to set Degrees under Orientation (on the right side). Let’s set it to 30 degrees.

format cell alignment angle

As a result, the text in cell A1 is rotated 30 degrees counterclockwise.

format cell alignment angle 2