Apr
16

How to rotate Excel charts or worksheets: quick tip

Certain worksheets or charts may look much better if you change their orientation. So in today's how-to article we'll have a look at how to rotate Excel table or chart. This mainly affects the layout of the printed page, then you will also have a chance to see how to select paper size before printing.

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Rotating the Excel chart

Excel charts help to make sense of your data. You can create line, pie and bar charts by selecting columns of data or using Excel's built-in tools. If you see that they look better rotated from portrait to landscape, you can do this in a couple of clicks.

  1. Click on the chart to see Chart Tools on the Ribbon.
  2. Select the Format tab.
    Excel chart tools - Select the Format tab
  3. Go to the Chart Elements drop down list and pick Vertical (Value) Axis.
    Excel charts -  Vertical(value) Axis
  4. Click the Format Selection button to see the Format Axis window.
    Click the Format Selection button to see the Format Axis window
  5. On the Format Axis window tick the Values in reverse order checkbox.
    Tick the Values in reverse order checkbox on this window


Change the spreadsheet orientation

Some worksheets are wider than they are tall, so you may find that printouts look better if you switch the orientation from the portrait mode to the landscape one.

You can find the Orientation button on the Page Layout tab of the ribbon. Click the button to get a drop-down menu and select between the Portrait and Landscape options.

You can find the Orientation button on the Page Layout tab of the Ribbon

For some Excel documents the total page count can decrease in portrait or landscape mode. So you can play with the settings to see which works better.


Selecting a paper size

Want to know how to tell Excel which size paper you need? Just click the Size button on the Page Layout tab, and select the desired size from the resulting drop-down list.

Hope you'll find this tip helpful. Have a nice day!

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8 Responses to "How to rotate Excel charts or worksheets: quick tip"

  1. Louise Allen says:

    Not quite what I was expecting! I was hoping to find out if a chart could rotated in the same way an image can be. I can tweak the orientation and positioning of the text but I need my area/line chart to be orientated the same way as my bar chart for a direct comparison.

  2. Harry says:

    I also was looking for a way to rotate the graph like an image, like Louise.

  3. Jeeson says:

    It is more than a year since we have asked for a solution. No one in Microsoft has cared to respond to our friend's request.

  4. jazmin says:

    no. no no no no NO. NOT what I was looking for.

  5. Dave says:

    Likewise, not what was wanted. Only partial solution was to copy as an image into Word and print it out....not a live solution though :(

  6. Bron says:

    Here is the picture what I think that major people here really want to do...:

    http://postimg.org/image/n2l2i5hlr/

    • Alexander says:

      Hi Bron,

      Thank you for the image. At the moment we are writing a new post that covers many possible ways of rotating a chart. I will post a comment here as soon as the new post is published.

      You can achieve the result you are looking for in this way:
      - Double click on the horizontal labels of your chart. The "Format axis" pane will appear at the right of your chart.
      - Tick the "Values in reverse order" checkbox.

      You can do the same for categories:
      - Double click on the vertical labels of your chart and then tick the "Categories in reverse order" checkbox in the "Format axis" -> Axis options pane.

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