You can rotate, or "angle," text in a chart title (titles in charts: Descriptive text that is automatically aligned to an axis or centered at the top of a chart.) or along an axis (axis: A line bordering the chart plot area used as a frame of reference for measurement. The y axis is usually the vertical axis and contains data. The x-axis is usually the horizontal axis and contains categories.). You cannot rotate legend (legend: A box that identifies the patterns or colors that are assigned to the data series or categories in a chart.) text.
- Click the axis or the title you want to format.
- If you clicked an axis, click Selected Axis on the Format menu.
If you clicked an axis title, click Selected Axis Title on the Format menu.
If you clicked a chart title, click Selected Chart Title on the Format menu.
- Click the Alignment tab.
If you don't see the Alignment tab, click Cancel, click outside of the text you want to format, and then repeat steps 1-3.
- To rotate text, under Orientation, click a degree point, or drag the indicator to the position you want.
Tip To quickly rotate selected text 45 degrees up or down, click Angle Text Upward or Angle Text Downward .