Using the Text Direction Selector

Tables in Author

You can change the direction of text in selected cell(s) by using the Text Direction command in the Advanced settings on the Layout tab. The text directions are: left-to-right, top-to-bottom, or bottom-to-top.

In addition, you can use the three Cell Alignment commands to change the location of the text within the cell. The commands are: Align Top, Align Center, and Align Bottom.

  • When the left-to-right text direction is applied the cell alignment moves the text to the top, center, or bottom of the cell.


  • When the top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top text directions are applied the cell alignment moves the text to the left side, center, or right side of the cell.

Text Directions

To change the text direction in a table cell:

  1. Select the cells where you want to change the text direction.
  2. Click Layout > Advanced > Text Direction. Continue to select the command to cycle through the direction options.

    Note: You may need to change the Cell Alignment commands to re-align the text within the cells, or adjust column width or row height. The commands are found in the Advanced option group, to the left of the Text Direction button.

  3. Save the changes.