How to make slanted text across a screen

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How to make slanted text across a screen
Rotated text may be necessary when creating charts and graphs. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Word processing applications allow users to type text in a normal horizontal format. They also allow users to rotate the text at 90-degree angles. Rotated text is useful if you are using the words as an axis label. If you need to print slanted text across a document, you must first convert the text to an image or drawing. Then you can rotate the image to give the appearance of slanted text.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Word processing or drawing software

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    Microsoft Word

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Word. Type the text into the Word document.

  2. 2

    Highlight the text. On the "Home" tab of Microsoft Word 2010, in the "Clipboard" group, click "Cut."

  3. 3

    Click "Paste" and then "Paste Special" on the "Home" tab. Select "Picture" as the format and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Click on the pasted image. There will be a rotating arrow at the top of the image. Click on the rotating arrow and move the mouse to rotate the text image.

    OpenOffice Word

  1. 1

    Open OpenOffice Word. Open a new file by going to "File" and then "New."

  2. 2

    Draw a rectangle. Choose the "Rectangle" tool from the "Draw Toolbar" on the left side of the window. Hold the mouse click and drag the pointer to draw a rectangle.

  3. 3

    Double-click on the rectangle. A cursor will appear in it. Type the text into the rectangle.

  4. 4

    Click on the rectangle to select it. Press "Alt" plus the right or left arrow keys to rotate the text. For example, pressing "Alt" and the right arrow key will slant the text to the right.


  1. 1

    Open Paint.NET. Go to "File" and then "New" to open a new file.

  2. 2

    Select the "Letter Tool" and type some words into the file. Drag the mouse over the words to highlight them.

  3. 3

    Go to "Layers" and then click "Rotate/Zoom." Enter an angle into the "Angle:" box. Press "OK." The text will now be slanted at the desired angle.

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