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Diagonal text on screen

Posted on 1999-07-20
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Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Does anyone know of a control or a way to print text out on the screen on a 45 degree angle.  What I am trying to do is, I have a grid with quite a few columns and I want to put the headers on  a 45 degree angle , that way i can have more columns showing at one time.  If you send code please comment it well.  Thanks in advance.
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vettranger earned 180 total points
ID: 1526229
VideoSoft's VSView will do this, among others. If you poke around at, you'll likely find a few controls that include this feature, at various price levels.

Another idea is to just create a graphic and load it into a picture box placed above your grid. If you by chance need to hide and show some of the columns at run time, create a uniqute grapic for each column combination. Most current graphics programs will let you rotate text in this fashion.


Expert Comment

ID: 1526230
A hard code solution, print directly on form using currentx,y position to place characters.

on form
list1 (for list of words could be array, collection, etc.)

Option Explicit

Private Sub Form_Load()
Me.FontName = "courier" 'better for uniform spaceing
Me.FontSize = 10 'set to suit
Label1.Visible = False
Label1.Width = TextWidth("M") * 5 'can be adjusted to fit grid

With List1
.AddItem "hello"
.AddItem "there"
.AddItem "world"
.AddItem "here"
.AddItem "I am"
.Visible = False
End With

Me.AutoRedraw = True
End Sub

Private Sub prntDiag()
Dim numWords, numChars, thestring

For numWords = 0 To List1.ListCount - 1
thestring = List1.List(numWords)
Me.CurrentX = Label1.Left
Me.CurrentY = Label1.Top

    For numChars = 1 To Len(thestring)
     Me.Print Mid(thestring, numChars, 1);
     Me.CurrentY = Me.CurrentY + TextHeight(Mid(thestring, numChars, 1))

Label1.Left = Label1.Left + (Label1.Width / 2)


End Sub


Author Comment

ID: 1526231
Thanks, the web link put me in the right direction to find what i needed.

Expert Comment

ID: 1526232
Happy to help. :-)

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