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Change the orientation of text in C#, VB.NET

Platform: WinForms |
Control: XlsIO

Syncfusion Excel (XlsIO) library is a .NET Excel library used to create, read, and edit Excel documents. Also, converts Excel documents to PDF files. Using this library, you can assign different orientations to text in an Excel document.

Text orientation can be changed by assigning rotation to the cell through Rotation property accessible under CellStyle of IRange interface.

Steps to change the orientation of text, programmatically:

  1. Create a new C# console application project.

Create a new C# console application project

Create a new C# console application project

  1. Install the Syncfusion.XlsIO.WinForms NuGet package as reference to your .NET Framework application from NuGet.org.

Install NuGet package to the project

Install NuGet package to the project

  1. Include the following namespaces in Program.cs file.


using Syncfusion.XlsIO;



Imports Syncfusion.XlsIO


  1. Include the following code snippet in main method of Program.cs file to set the orientation of text.


using (ExcelEngine excelEngine = new ExcelEngine())
    //Initialize the Excel application object
    IApplication application = excelEngine.Excel;
    //Create a new Excel Workbook
    IWorkbook workbook = application.Workbooks.Create(1);
    //Get the first worksheet in workbook into IWorksheet
    IWorksheet worksheet = workbook.Worksheets[0];
    //Set the text orientation
    worksheet.Range["B3"].CellStyle.Rotation = 35;
    worksheet.Range["E3"].CellStyle.Rotation = 90;
    //Assign text in worksheet
    worksheet.Range["B3"].Text = "Text Orientation is 35 degrees";
    worksheet.Range["E3"].Text = "Text Orientation is 90 degrees";
    //Save the Excel document



Using excelEngine As ExcelEngine = New ExcelEngine
    'Initialize the Excel application object
    Dim application As IApplication = excelEngine.Excel
    'Create a new Excel Workbook
    Dim workbook As IWorkbook = application.Workbooks.Create(1)
    'Get the first worksheet in workbook into IWorksheet
    Dim worksheet As IWorksheet = workbook.Worksheets(0)
    'Set the text orientation
    worksheet.Range("B3").CellStyle.Rotation = 35
    worksheet.Range("E3").CellStyle.Rotation = 90
    'Assign text in worksheet
    worksheet.Range("B3").Text = "Text Orientation is 35 degrees"
    worksheet.Range("E3").Text = "Text Orientation is 90 degrees"
    'Save the Excel document
End Using


A complete working sample of how to set the orientation of text can be downloaded from TextOrientation.zip.

By executing the program, you will get the output Excel file as follows.

Change the orientation of text

Output Excel document

Take a moment to peruse the documentation, where you will find other options like row and column style, applying number formats to cells, cell text alignment, merging and unmerging of cells, font, color and border setting, HTML string formatting and Rich-Text formatting with code examples.

Click here to explore the rich set of Syncfusion Excel (XlsIO) library features.


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