Use vertical text in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

In the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, you can now type vertically in iWork documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Add vertical text in any Pages or Numbers template or Keynote theme. You can also easily mix vertical text and horizontal text in the same document. And when you're ready to share your document with vertical text, you can create an interactive EPUB book that can be viewed in Apple Books.

Use vertical text on an iPhone or iPad

To use vertical text, add Chinese, Japanese, or Korean as a preferred language for your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Language and Region.
  2. Tap Other Language or Add Language, then select Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. 

Use vertical text in an entire document in Pages

  1. With the document open, tap the More button  in the toolbar, then tap  Document Setup.
  2. Tap the Document Setup button , then turn on Vertical Text. 
  3. Tap Done. All existing body text is automatically converted to vertical. Any new text boxes and shapes you add will also use vertical text.

Use vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

When you use vertical text in shapes and text boxes, you can mix horizontal and vertical text in the same document.

  1. Create a shape or a text box. 
  2. Select the shape or text box. 
  3. Tap the Format button , tap Text if necessary, then turn on Vertical Text. If a shape or text box already contains text, it becomes vertical. Any additional text you add is vertical.

Fit characters horizontally in vertical text in Pages, Numbers, Keynote

You can fit two to four characters horizontally within vertical text so they can be read from left to right. This can be useful for Latin characters such as numbers.

  1. Select up to four characters you want to rotate.
  2. Tap the arrow button  if one appears in the menu, then tap Rotate to Horizontal.

Use vertical text templates

Pages provides three vertical text templates to get you started—blank, basic book, or story book:

  • If Japanese or Traditional Chinese is the primary language for your iPhone or iPad, tap Create Document in the document manager, then choose a vertical text template in the template chooser.
  • If Japanese or Traditional Chinese is a preferred language, tap Create Document in the document manager, tap the Language pop-up menu in the template chooser, then select Japanese or Traditional Chinese from the menu. Choose a vertical text template in the template chooser.

Use vertical text on a Mac

To use vertical text, add Chinese, Japanese, or Korean as a preferred language for your Mac:

  1. Go to System Preferences, then select Language and Region.
  2. Click the Add button  at the bottom of the list, then choose Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

Use vertical text in an entire document in Pages

  1. With the document open, click the Document button  in the toolbar.
  2. Select the checkbox next to Vertical Text. All existing body text is automatically converted to vertical. Any new text boxes and shapes you add will also use vertical text.

Use vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Pages, Numbers, Keynote

When you use vertical text in shapes and text boxes, you can mix horizontal and vertical text in the same document.

  1. Create a shape or a text box. 
  2. Select the shape or text box. 
  3. Click the Format button , click Text in the Format sidebar if necessary, then select Vertical Text. If the object already contains text, it becomes vertical. Any additional text you add is vertical.

Fit characters horizontally in vertical text in Pages, Numbers, Keynote

You can fit two to four characters horizontally within vertical text so they can be read from left to right. This can be useful for Latin characters such as numbers.

  1. Select up to four characters you want to rotate.
  2. Control-click the text, then choose Rotate to Horizontal.

Use vertical text templates

Pages provides three vertical text templates to get you started—blank, basic book, or story book:

  • If Japanese or Traditional Chinese is the primary language for your Mac, choose File > New, then choose a vertical text template in the template chooser.
  • If Japanese or Traditional Chinese is a preferred language, choose File > New, click the Language pop-up menu in the template chooser, then select Japanese or Traditional Chinese from the menu. Choose a vertical text template in the template chooser.
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