Using MS Excel I can go to Format of the cell and choose the text orientation from horizontal to vertical fairly easily.

How do I alter text orientation to vertical in Google Sheets?

  • There's a "format -> text rotation" option for this in Sheets now. :) – Sam Watkins Feb 27 '17 at 12:13

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  1. Select your cell
  2. Replace its content with the following formula:

    =ARRAYFORMULA(CONCATENATE((MID( "Text to become vertical"; ROW(INDIRECT("YY1:YY"&LEN( "Text to become vertical" ))); 1)&CHAR(10))))
  3. Repeat for each cell

Observation: make sure the text you want in your cell is the same in both instances of the formula.

From here: http://www.quikstarts.com/Internet/Google-Docs/how-to-make-vertical-column-headers-in-google-docs/

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  • Almost there but not quiet since I have to make it for each cell. I think I can live with this. :) Thanks – Darius Aug 23 '11 at 23:22

Here is a regex based solution:

= regexreplace( "Text", "(.)", "$1"&char(10) )

Translation: Look in the input "Text", which could be a cell reference too, and find each instance of the regular expression ., i.e., each single character. Store the matched character in a sub-expression so we can use it later by putting the regex within parentheses. Then replace each match with the string concatenation of itself via sub-expression reference "$1" along with the newline character char(10).

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    That's a good one !! – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Mar 18 '14 at 7:41
  • Why don't you throw in an ARRAYFORMULA version? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Mar 18 '14 at 7:45
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    Nice and short regex formula, I like it :) – Darius Mar 18 '14 at 17:41
  • @JacobJanTuinstra Why would you need an ARRAYFORMULA version? – Antonios Hadjigeorgalis Dec 11 '14 at 15:59

You have do create it as a drawing. See here for more details on how to create word art.

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As of 22 February 2017, support for rotated text will be introduced:

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Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)


Blog post reference: Support for rotated text in Google Sheets

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If a cell is narrow, then here is a quick and dirty approach.
Type the word into the spreadsheet cell with a space between each later:

V e r t i c a l T e x t

Then make the width of the column narrow so that text wrapping will stack the letters vertically.



This will only work if the cell has a width of one letter. If the cell is wider, then the formula approach is best.

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You can combine a couple of the approaches suggested in some other answers by creating a custom function in Tools > Script Editor:

function VERTICAL_TEXT(text) {
  var vert_text = text.replace(/(.)/g,"$1\n");
  return vert_text;

And then using it in the cell:

=VERTICAL_TEXT("cell contents")
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Place the cursor between two characters, hold down the Ctrl key and press the Enter key to create a line break between the chars.

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Until we have real vertical test, it's the simplest to leave the text orientation horizontal and spread each heading over several cells using the cell merge function, in a stairlike fashion:

Stairlike grid fashion

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Go to "Insert-Image" and create a text box, rotate it and click save.

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You can use Insert > Draw, create a text box and rotate it. Works for me.

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Simplest way (now) seems to be to select range and Format > Text rotation > Stack vertically.

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