Use vertical text in Pages on Mac
Pages supports vertical text in the body of word-processing documents, shapes, and text boxes, so you can enter and edit text from top to bottom, such as in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Each new line appears to the left of the one before it.
To use vertical text, your document must be formatted for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, or you must have at least one of these languages on your device’s preferred language list. To learn more, see Create a document with the formatting of a different language and Change a document’s language and formatting.
You can use any Pages template to create a document that uses vertical text, but to see vertical text templates designed specifically for Traditional Chinese or Japanese, you must either set the primary language of your computer to that language or change the language formatting of your new document.
Use vertical text in the body of a word-processing document
The ruler and its tab stops always match the direction of a paragraph, so when you turn on vertical text, the ruler changes.
In the Document sidebar, select the checkbox next to Vertical Text.
As you type, each new line appears to the left of the one before it. Footnotes appear at the left side of the page.
To turn off vertical text, deselect the checkbox next to Vertical Text.
When you turn on vertical text in the Document sidebar, all new objects also use vertical text. You can switch the text direction of one or more objects to horizontal at any time.
Use vertical text in a text box or shape
You can turn vertical text on or off in text boxes and shapes at any time.
Tip: If you want all new objects in your document to use vertical text, click the Document sidebar, then select the checkbox next to Vertical Text. This will also change the direction of existing body text in word-processing documents.
Control-click the object you want to use vertical text.
Choose Turn On Vertical Text.
If the object already contains text, it becomes vertical and any additional text you add is vertical. If the object didn’t already contain text, any text you add is vertical.
To make the text horizontal again, Control-click the object, then choose Turn Off Vertical Text.
Fit characters horizontally in vertical text
You can fit two to four characters horizontally within vertical text. This is useful for writing a few Latin characters, such as numbers, so they can be read from left to right.
While writing vertical text, select two to four characters you want to rotate.
In the Text tab of the Format sidebar, select , then choose Rotate to Horizontal.
When editing the horizontal characters, you can make all of the characters bold, italic, and so on, but you can’t edit the individual characters separately.
If you want the horizontal characters to appear vertically again, delete the characters and reenter them.
Make characters full width
You can change text to full-width, upright characters.
Select the text you want to make full width, either in an object or section of body text.
In the Pages menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Edit > Transformations > Make Characters Full Width.
Tips for using vertical text
Here are a few things to keep in mind about using vertical text in your document:
When you turn on vertical text in a word-processing document, any inline tables in your document become floating objects, even if you turn off vertical text.
When you turn on vertical text in a word-processing document with facing pages on, all footnotes go to the left side of each left page, even if the reference page is on the right page.
If you copy a text box or shape that contains vertical text and then paste it into a Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document, the object appears in the other document with vertical text.
To paste vertical text from the body of one Pages document into another and keep the vertical formatting, the other document must have Vertical Text turned on in the Document sidebar on a Mac or in Document Setup on iPhone or iPad.
If you paste vertical text from the body of a Pages document into Keynote or Numbers, it appears in a text box with horizontal text. If you have Chinese, Japanese, or Korean formatting in your presentation or spreadsheet, you can turn vertical text on for this text box to return the text to its vertical formatting.
If your text has smart annotations, they are removed if you change text direction.
In Pages presenter mode, vertical text appears horizontally and scrolls vertically.
Pages documents with vertical body text can’t be opened in older versions of Pages that don’t support vertical text.
Pages documents with vertical text in objects can be opened in older versions of Pages, but the text will become horizontal.
Pages for iCloud can open a read-only image of a document with vertical text.