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How to: Create Vertical Text

You can use a StringFormat object to specify that text be drawn vertically rather than horizontally.

The following example assigns the value DirectionVertical to the FormatFlags property of a StringFormat object. That StringFormat object is passed to the DrawString method of the Graphics class. The value DirectionVertical is a member of the StringFormatFlags enumeration.

The following illustration shows the vertical text.

Fonts Text
string myText = "Vertical text";

FontFamily fontFamily = new FontFamily("Lucida Console");
Font font = new Font(
fontFamily,
   14,
   FontStyle.Regular,
   GraphicsUnit.Point);
PointF pointF = new PointF(40, 10);
StringFormat stringFormat = new StringFormat();
SolidBrush solidBrush = new SolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(255, 0, 0, 255));

stringFormat.FormatFlags = StringFormatFlags.DirectionVertical;

e.Graphics.DrawString(myText, font, solidBrush, pointF, stringFormat); 

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