This blog is part of my series Making Data Tell a Story With SSRS Properties.
The purpose of this property is to allow you to display text horizontally or vertically within a text box or tablix cell.
To access the property, select the text box and go to WritingMode. The options are Horizontal, Vertical, and Rotate270.
Horizontal: Text will be horizontal, read left to right.
Vertical: Text will be vertical, read top to bottom.
Rotate 270: Text will be vertical, read bottom to top.
Example: I have a product inventory report with several headers. By default, the text displays horizontally.
I change the WritingMode of the column headers to Vertical. The text is read from top to bottom, starting in the top right corner of the cell.
I change the WritingMode of the column headers to Rotate270. The text is read from bottom to top, starting in the lower left corner of the cell.