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.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Understanding Vertical Text in a Document
- 2 Inserting Vertical Text in your Google Docs
- 3 How to align text vertically in google docs
- 4 Formatting the text
- 5 Editing Vertical text in the Google Doc
- 6 How To Make A Vertical Line In Google Docs
- 7 Approach – 1: You can use the Shapes Option
- 8 Approach- 2: You can add lines between text
- 9 Approach-3: Using Keyboard shortcut
- 10 Approach-4: Using the Borders and shading option
- 11 How to rotate a text on google docs
- 12 How do I rotate text in Google Docs?
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.
How to align text vertically in google docs
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.
How To Make A Vertical Line In Google Docs
Well, here we will discuss How To Make A Vertical Line In Google Docs or How to insert a vertical line in Google Docs. There are many scenarios you will face where you will have to draw vertical lines. Let’s discuss here a couple of ways to make or insert a vertical line in Google Docs.
Approach – 1: You can use the Shapes Option
The most common and efficient way to insert a vertical line is to use the Shapes option. By using this option, not only you can just able to insert a vertical line but also you can able to customize the vertical line by changing the weight, style, color, etc.
Now, follow the below steps to insert a vertical line is to use the Shapes option.
Step-1: Open your Google Docs, for the one you want to add the vertical line, and then click on the insert tab from the top which is present in between the View and Format tab.
Step-2: Click on the Drawing option, which is present next to the Table option. Now you can able to see two options, click on the + New button. You can also choose the From Drive option, in case you have any existing template for the vertical line.
Step-3: As the next step, click on the dropdown next to the line and then select line or Arrow based on your need and then you can drag it vertically to draw the line.
Step-4: Now you can able to see the vertical lines as below. You can click on the Save and Close button if you don’t want any customization. If you want to customize the lines with color or weight, etc, you can move to Step-5.
Step-5:You can select the line and click on the weight button and choose the pixel you want to change the weight of the line as highlighted below.
Step-6: If you want to change the color of the vertical lines, you can click on the color button and choose the appropriate color based on need and then click on the save and close button to save the changes.
Step-7: You can also make the line as a dash line by clicking on the Line Dash button and choose the appropriate format as highlighted below.
Approach- 2: You can add lines between text
If you have any requirements, you can also insert a vertical line between text. One more thing you can divide your text into different columns and add the lines between them. Let’s discuss here how you can add vertical lines between text using the below steps.
Step-1: The first step is to click on the Format tab and then click on the Columns option.
Step-2: The next steps is to click on the more options.
Step-3: On the Column options window, select the number of columns, Spacing based on your need, and Finally, make sure to select the Line between columns option. Click on the apply button to add the changes.
If you will choose the number of columns options as two columns and then select the Line between columns, then it will look like below.
Approach-3: Using Keyboard shortcut
One more simple approach is to use the vertical line symbol ( | ) from the keyboard and that key is present just down to the Backspace key in the keyboard.
Approach-4: Using the Borders and shading option
Another way to add a vertical line is to use the Borders and shading option. Follow the below steps to add a vertical line using the Borders and shading option.
Step-1: Click on the Format option and then click on the Borders and shading option.
Step-2: On the Borders and shading window, You can select the below-needed options based on your requirement and then click on the Apply button.
Now you can able to see the vertical line has been added successfully.
How to rotate a text on google docs
Directly, you can’t able to rotate a text on google docs. But, it’s possible to rotate the text on google docs using the below steps.
How do I rotate text in Google Docs?
Step-1: Click on the insert option and then select the Drawing option and then click on the + New button as highlighted below.
Step-2: On the Drawing window, click on the Text box option as highlighted below and then write the needed text below and you can rotate the text box along with the text by dragging the below highlighted “handle” that is the circular dot above the exact center of the text until you like the angle or position of the text.
Finally, click on the save and close button to save the changes.
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