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Chapter 5. Working with Text > Changing Text Direction and Orientation

Changing Text Direction and Orientation

In addition to a variety of properties that can be applied to text in Flash, there are also procedures for changing the orientation and direction of text. Included is a formatting option for creating vertical text automatically without using any of the Transform commands. When text orientation is set to be vertical, the characters appear in columns though they remain in their normal horizontal orientation. If you need the text to rotate ninety degrees and so follow the orientation of the line, you can set it to rotate automatically in the Property Inspector. This is useful if you are looking for something other than a column. The orientation of the text becomes vertical.

Create a Single Column of Vertical Text

Click the Text tool in the Toolbar.

Click the Change Direction popup in the Property Inspector, and then click Vertical, Left To Right, or Vertical, Right To Left.

Click the Stage where you want your text box to begin, and then start typing in the box that appears.

TIMESAVER Press Return (Mac) or Enter (Win) to create a new column.

When you're finished, click on the Stage outside the text field.


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