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How to Rotate a Table in Word [Updated in 2021]

Vanessa Chiang updated on Jun 07, 2021 to PDF Knowledge Center

MS Word is a great writing program with great table editing tools to create tables in your document. But, the feature which it lacks for quite some time is rotating a table. This has caused many inconveniences. But don't worry. This post will show you how to rotate tables in Word with an easy workaround. This post will take MS Word 2019 as the example for this tutorial, although the below methods will also work on previous versions of Word. 

Let's get straight into the tutorial.

How to Rotate a Table in Word with 2 Methods

There are 2 ways to rotate a table in Word easily. The first one is rotating the table as an image, and another one is rotating it with the text box method.

Part 1. Rotate a Table in Word Using the Image Method

The below method is easy and quick. It even works with older versions of Word. Here's how to do it:

Step 1. Click on the "+" icon at the top of your table. This shall select everything on your table. Now press "Ctrl" + "C" or "Cmd" + "C" to copy the content.

Step 2. Create a new Word document, or in your existing Word document, paste the content you copied by clicking on "Ctrl" + "V" or "Cmd" + "V". 

Step 3. You shall see some pasting options. They must be looking like this:

paste image in word

Step 4. Select the option which says "paste as picture". This shall paste your table as an image. Now, select your image, and you'll see a rotation arrow.

Step 5. Now, use that arrow to rotate your table in the way you want.

The disadvantage of this method is that, after pasting your table, you won't edit it. So make sure that you only do this after you have completed your work. But what if you want a method with which you can paste your content and even edit it? 

That's what we have in store for you next!

Part 2. How to Rotate a Table in Word with Text Box Method

This method is also as easy as the previous method, which I would recommend over the above method. Here's how it's done:

Step 1. Click on the "+" icon at the top of your table. This shall select everything on your table. Now press "Ctrl" + "C" or "Cmd" + "C" to copy the content.

Step 2. In a new Word document or your existing document, create a new text box by going to "Insert" > "Text Box" and selecting the option which says draw a text box. Now drag and create a text box as big or bigger than your table. 

draw text box in word

Step 3. Paste the contents of your table inside the textbox by clicking "Ctrl" + "V" or "Cmd" + "V" on your keyboard.

Step 4. Now, you'll see a rotating arrow at the top of your text box. Click that and rotate it to rotate your table.

rotate table word

That's it! Now you can rotate a table in your Word document easily! The best part about this method is that your table shall remain editable.

But there is also a problem. After pasting the table, the text box shall create an extra border. You can remove that by selecting the text box, going to "Format" in the top bar, and then selecting the option "Shape Outline". Next, click on the dropdown and select "No Outline" from there. That's it! You are now done! 

The Advantage of Using PDF

Generally, PDF can be considered a better document format than .doc, and it has a good amount of advantages over Word documents. For example, PDFs are more secure, and you have greater control over your PDF files as you have lots of security options to protect your PDF. For example, many PDF editors support encrypting the PDF files with a password to make them read-only or protect them from being opened by people without permission.

Besides that, those PDF editors also have lots of advanced features like page organization, document e-signing, file printing, etc. And the PDF files are better for business, legal documents, and other important things as they display the content exactly as they were made.

Since PDF is not as widely used as those file formats provided by Windows OS, many people may feel confused about using PDF documents instead of Word or Excel. Don't worry, and this post will give a detailed tutorial to guide you through editing and managing PDFs with simple clicks.

How to Edit and Manage PDFs

If you now want to use PDF instead of other file documents, the tutorial in this part is exactly what you want. The best PDF editor we would recommend is EaseUS PDF Editor, as it offers you both a great interface and industry-leading tools, including PDF splitting, merging, copying, and resizing tools.

If you add a picture into the PDF and want to adjust its orientation, this editor allows you to do that easily, and you can choose to flip it horizontally or vertically as well as rotate it clockwise or counterclockwise. It's also possible for you to rotate all the PDF pages or only several pages of them. You can customize the page range for rotating by inputting the page number, then select from the three options, i.e., "landscape pages", "portrait pages", and "landscape and portrait pages".

Main Features:

  • Add page numbers to PDF for quick positioning
  • Easy and fast conversion of PDF files to JPG, PNG, DOC, PPTX, etc.
  • PDF OCR free, which helps you edit text on an already scanned PDF document
  • Secure PDF easily using passwords
  • Creating fillable PDF forms in an existing PDF

To replace Word with PDF, a powerful but user-friendly PDF editor is necessary. As mentioned above, EaseUS PDF Editor is worth trying, and you can click on the button below to download it now.

Steps to Edit and Manage PDFs Effortlessly:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS PDF Editor and import the PDF file you want to edit. You can click on the "Open Files..." button to do that.

open pdf file

Step 2. If you want to edit the text and images in the PDF, click on the "Edit" button, and there are many options for you. It allows you to insert or remove the words and pictures freely, and you can also adjust the font, size, color of the PDF text. 

edit option

Step 3. More tools are available under the "Pages" option. This versatile software supports deleting, extracting, cropping, rotating the pages with ease. You can add many elements to the PDF, including header & footer, background, watermark, etc.

edit pdf page

Step 4. After editing, you can choose to encrypt the PDF with a password, sign the PDF with an e-signature, or add comments to it. Then, click on the "File" button and select "Save" or "Save As" to preserve the changes you made to the PDF.

save the edited pdf


It's easy to rotate a table in Word even though the functionality is not built-in. Apart from that, this post also recommended using PDF instead of MS Word and introduced the best tool on the market to edit and manage your PDFs.

This software has great features and a very simplified interface. You can cut, split, merge, compress, sign and do lots more with PDFs using this PDF editor. If you don't know how to edit PDF files, those steps in this post can be beneficial for you.

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