I am trying to create a new environment that works similar to the {\bfseries } command.

For example:


{\begin{sideways} \bfseries \raggedleft }


This is an example environment.


In the above example, I want to redefine the stext environment so that it works as follows:

{\stext This is an example environment.}

Here is the use case for this new environment:


\rowstyle{\rotatebox{-90}}% <- I know, the usage is wrong. 
abc & abc & abc\\
b & b & b \\
c & c & c \\

The aim here is to get the text in the first row sideways so that they don't occupy as much width. For the \rowstyle command to work properly, I need an environment which can be invoked like so:

{\rotatetext Rotated text}
  • Do you still want the contents to be rotated?
    – Werner
    Feb 14, 2012 at 16:35
  • 4
    It's quite hard to understand why you'd want this. Can you give more motivation?
    – egreg
    Feb 14, 2012 at 16:43
  • You could create a macro that wraps the text in the environment, e.g. \stext{Your text}; this is ALMOST like what you stated that you wanted... Feb 14, 2012 at 18:10
  • @Werner, yes. It should do the same thing as the stext environment in the MWE.
    – Adi
    Feb 14, 2012 at 18:23
  • @egreg For instance, I want the text in a row of a large table to be sideways so that it doesn't occupy as much width. I am using the solution from here to apply a row style. However, the \rowstyle command here takes formatting commands in the form {\formatting Text goes here}. I cannot use a begin{environment}-\end{environment} construct here.
    – Adi
    Feb 14, 2012 at 18:31

1 Answer 1


Here is an option using a slightly modified version of Herbert's answer to An improved \rowstyle that takes the cell contents as an argument:

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\usepackage{graphicx}% http://ctan.org/pkg/graphicx
\usepackage{array}% http://ctan.org/pkg/array
  \global\rotatetrue abc & abc & abc \\ \global\rotatefalse
  b & b & b \\
  c & c & c \\

The idea behind this solution is to box the contents in \TBox and conditionally rotate it or not, based on \ifrotate - a boolean value set to true (\rotatetrue) or false (\rotatefalse).

It's usage should be clear from the example - place \global\rotatetrue in the first entry you want to rotate in that row, and \global\rotatefalse after the last entry. For convenience you could also define these as "switches" using

\newcommand{\rotateon}{\global\rotatetrue}% rotate switch ON
\newcommand{\rotateoff}{\global\rotatefalse}% rotate switch OFF

If you want different alignment for the respective columns, you can define an L and R column (say), similar to my C.

graphicx provides the \rotatebox{<angle>}{<stuff>} command to rotate <stuff> through an angle of <angle> degrees.

  • Quick follow-up question: How can I modify the code so as to allow text wrapping in the rotated text? I tried changing the column alignment from c to p, but that didn't work.
    – Adi
    Feb 15, 2012 at 13:00
  • @Adi: You can place the contents in a \parbox of a specific width. For example, use \parbox{2cm}{abc def ghi jkl} in the above example for one of the header entries.
    – Werner
    Feb 16, 2012 at 7:33

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