As Peter notes, iWork tables don't support text rotation as a format option. It's often easier to just place a Text Box adjacent to the table, and Text Boxes can be rotated any way you like. Merging cells is an iWork table is a booby trap that can catch you later if you decide to add or delete rows or sort the rows - it won't work. We've found that merging is just not worth the hassle except in rare instances, especially considering the other ways of annotating your work.
Here's what I found:
- Insert a text box from the INSERT menu.... it's also available at the FORMAT menu, but I chose Insert.
- Don't drag yet!
- place cursor and type your text.
- Then, click on the METRICS menu in the Inspector pane
- Rotate. Getting exactly to 90 degrees was difficult. Maybe because I called it 90% at first!
- Now you can drag.
- It might look better to spread out the letter spacing in the text you have entered. Do that from the "text" tab in the Inspector pane.
- if you double click, or even click too much, the text box will jump back into a horizontal position -- Dont' worry, it's trying to let you edit.
- just go back to "Metric" and change it back to 90 degrees.
- Thanks Barry for answering this 3 years ago, and getting me started!