LO Writer: table text orientation

I would like to change text orientation of certain cells in LibreOffice Writer (from horizontal to vertical). The option is available in Table Format → Text Flow → Text Orientation → and select Vertical.

However, it is possible to select only one vertical directon text position… I would like to have mirrored (opposite) vertical direction as shown in the next image. Is that possible?

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Yes, it’s possible.

With the cursor inside the table, on the menu choose Table->Table Properties, Text Flow tab. Set the Text orientation to “use superordinate object settings”.

Next open the Styles and Formatting dialog (F11) and rignt-click on the paragraph style for Table Contents. Choose New to create a new paragraph style based on Table Contents. Call it something distinctive like table_up. While the dialog is open, choose the Position tab and set the Rotation/Scaling to 90 degrees, and click apply and close.
In your table cell, type your text and select it. Change it’s style to table_up.

You can set another style for 270 degrees to orient the text as in your “Not This” cell.

You can then work with paragraph centering and cell vertical alignment as desired.

Also possible by highlighting the cell and selecting Format > Character… > Position tab, however I agree that styles are the best method.

thanks a lot… I’ve seen this function, but thought it would not work when saved in DOC or DOCX and then opened in MS Word… but it works :slight_smile: althought, I don’t understand how Word is able to read this because default vertical alignment in Table Ribbon is not recognized in Word 2007…

… another comment: when using Format → Character → Position Tab (within or without style predefined), it is not possible to write vertical text in two rows, i.e. pressing enter does not go to new line… any idea?


It works in LibreOffice:) but when saved in MS Word it does not show correctly… it seems that Table Format → Text Flow → Text Orientation → and select Vertical is the best (although not in direction I was hoping to get) if you want to maintain compactability with MS Word…