Rotate text in a chart title or along an axis

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.

  1. Click the axis or the title you want to format.
  2. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 Button image or Angle Text Downward Button image.