HOW TO: ROTATE TEXT (PowerPoint 2007)

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(Change the video size to fullscreen and the quality to HD in order to view the video in actual size)

During one of my union required coffee breaks I was shooting the breeze with a friend in the same office building as myself.  I have often commiserated with her over the many long hours that I have spent working on various PowerPoint presentations.  It wasn’t long before the Q&A started.

Microsoft has made a number of changes to the user interface in recent Office releases which has left the people who don’t use the application on a daily basis almost entirely in the dark.  The menu bar has been replaced entirely by what is now called ‘The Ribbon”.  The trick to the ribbon is knowing that the menu options and features that are displayed can and will change depending on what you select.

This short video will show how to grab and rotate text in a couple of different ways.  First by simply dragging the green rotate ball that is displayed at the top of a selected text box. If you were to hold down the shift key while rotating you’ll notice that the rotation will snap into place as opposed to freely turning on point.  This option is great if you quickly need a perfect right angle rotation.

If you really want to be precise, the other option is to select the text box and use the rotate feature from the “FORMAT” menu on the ribbon.

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