This tutorial will take you through the process of adding Vertical text in Google Docs.
Google Docs which is a collaboration tool for students and professionals alike, has various tools available to better the sharing experience. For example, while collaborating on projects you might feel the need to add to the aesthetics of the document. Changing the colour of the text, insert diagrams or pictures or change the alignment of the text can help with this. To add to these there is another feature where you can add text Vertically.
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Understanding Vertical Text in a Document
In a broader sense, vertical text in a document is used to arrange words or numbers in a way that it can be read from bottom to top or top to bottom. These run along the right and left margin of the document depending on the preference of the user. The font size of these bits is also bigger as compared to the rest of the document in most cases. And they may or may not have a different font or colour as compared to the rest of the text.
There are various reasons why someone would choose this style in a document. They could range from specific subtopics, information that needs to stand out, numbers which could include paragraph numbers or applicant numbers while reporting about applicants.
In Google docs when you collaborate with someone, there are times you may need to reference certain paragraphs, or bring their attention to something. Vertically aligning important data can make a document aesthetically pleasing. In either way arranging the text in a vertical manner is simple and can be done using these steps.
Inserting Vertical Text in your Google Docs
Vertical text needs to be added separately in Google Docs. This is because there is no vertical font available. In order to do that you will have to choose the drawing tool. For that, on the toolbar of the Google Docs you are working on locate Insert then simply choose the Drawing option and click on new.
Insert > Drawing > New
An editing window will pop-up as you select the new drawing option. This window will help create the Vertical Text in your Google Docs. In order to do that you need to first insert a text box.
A text box can be inserted by selecting the Insert Text Box option. This is the one with the symbol T within a blue Box.
After selecting this option, you will be able to draw a text box in the editor. Simply left click on the place you want to start drawing and move the mouse without lifting the button. You should have a rectangular blue box that looks something like this.
This Blue box can accommodate text. Once you have the text box ready click within the rectangle and you will have a blinking cursor. That’s where the text you type will appear. Fill in the desired text and resize the textbox for best results.
Resizing the text box can be done by moving your cursor to the borders of the box and dragging the edges without lifting the left mouse button. After this step is complete you will have something looking like this.
Note: Resize the text box before inserting it in the document. The alignment will be an issue if not done.
Formatting the text
After editing the text and seeing that the text box is in proportion with the text. Its time to format the text. There are a lot of options available right from the colour of the text to the font size and type. You could center align the text in the text box to make it more appealing. There are other alignment options available as well if required.
There is also an undo and redo option available, in case you need to use it.
Once you are happy with the way the text looks. Its time to flip it so that its aligned vertically. In order to do that click on the text box. It will get highlighted and a tiny blue dot will appear on the top. This blue dot will help rotate the text box. Simply click on it and without releasing the mouse button move the box around.
If you are happy with the way it has turned out, click save and close. This will close the editing box and your vertical text will appear on the google document.
Editing Vertical text in the Google Doc
In the document the text can be moved around and re-edited based on how it looks with other text. Just click the Edit button on the bottom of the text and editing options will open in a tab next to the document. To make the Vertical Text look part of the document use the text wrapping option available. Changing the dimensions of the text is also and option.
By clicking the X button on the editor, you can get rid of the editing options. This will leave you with vertical text in your Google Docs ready to be shared. Google docs can be shared via Email.
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