I want to create horizontal legend in QGIS (v 3.8.0). Is it possible to rotate legend item labels in Layout Manager?


  • Cut the legend with screen capturer and rotate picture. This picture you can import to print layout.
    – Frodo
    Oct 6, 2019 at 12:36
  • No. Use multiple single-item legends side-by-side, or delete the text from the legend and enter it manually into a text box.
    – csk
    Oct 7, 2019 at 21:29

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You could rotate the WHOLE legend by -90 degrees, via the setting under the "Rotation" group:

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That looks like the result you're chasing...

  • Thanks ndawson. That's actually what I did - rotated whole legend by -270 degrees and altered spacing and size of items, but that rotated labels as well. Will try differed methods, maybe splitting into columns...
    – dusanz
    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:27

Thanks @csk. This is what I came up with after rotating legend by -90deg, editing spacing and size of items, deleting label text and entering it manually

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