6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2012 2:32 PM by CarlyOkie
CarlyOkie Level 1 (0 points)

in Pages, I'd like to change the direction of the text in a table I'm creating. 


In the first column (one long column -- I've merged the cells) the work is reading left to right.  How do I make it read up and down?


Thanks in advance!

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,572 points)

    Put the text in a Textbox and rotate that 90°.



  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 (29,960 points)

    Hi Carly,


    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.



  • CarlyOkie Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Peter.  Very nice of you to respond so quickly.



  • CarlyOkie Level 1 (0 points)

    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!
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,572 points)

    CarlyOkie wrote:


    • just go back to "Metric" and change it back to 90 degrees.


    You don't need to do that, just clicking away from the box, rotates it back to where it was.



  • CarlyOkie Level 1 (0 points)

    Awesome, thanks.  Even better!