How to Rotate a Text Box in Access Report

Updated April 17, 2017

Microsoft Access lets you rotate text boxes within a report. It only allows you to rotate the text boxes 90 degrees to the right. Note that you may require administrative rights on certain Access reports to rotate text-boxes. The Vertical property within Access sets a form control for vertical display. You can use this feature to rotate the text box.

Launch Microsoft Access from the Start menu or desktop shortcut. Click the "File" tab and select "Open." Browse to navigate to the report that you wish to edit. Single-click the file and choose "Open."

Right-click the title of the report and choose "Design View."

Click to highlight the text box you wish to rotate. Click the "Properties" button that appears at the top bar.

Click the "Other" tab when the "Property Sheet" dialogue box pops up.

Click the drop-down menu labelled "Vertical." Choose the option "Yes."

Right-click the title of your report and choose "Report View" to see the change.

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