How to Change the Direction of Header Row Text in PowerPoint 2007

By Peter Weverka

In a top-heavy PowerPoint table in which the header row cells — the cells in the first row — contain text and the cells below contain numbers, consider changing the direction of the text in the header row to make the table easier to read. Changing text direction in the header row is also a good way to squeeze more columns onto a table.

Follow these steps to change the direction of text on a table.

1Select the row that needs a change of text direction.

Usually, that’s the first row in a table.

2Go to the (Table Tools) Layout tab.

The Layout screen appears.

3Click the Text Direction button.

Depending on the size of your screen, you may have to click the Alignment button to see the Text Direction button.

4Select a Text Direction option on the submenu.

Choose the Horizontal option to read text the normal way. The Stacked Option places the letters one above the other. You can also choose other options, such as Rotate All Text 270 Degrees option.

5Change the height of the row to make the vertical text fit.

You can change the height of a row by going to the Layout tab and entering a measurement in the Table Row Height box.