Rotate or flip a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture (2024)

You can change the position of a text box (and the text within it), shape, WordArt, or a picture by rotating or flipping it.

If you're working in email, see Rotate a picture in Outlook.

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Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. Click the rotation handle at the top of the object, and then drag in the direction that you want.

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    • To constrain the rotation to 15-degree increments, press and hold Shift while you drag the rotation handle.

    • When you rotate multiple shapes, they do not rotate as a group, but instead each shape rotates around its own center.

  1. Click the object you want to rotate.

  2. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then click More Rotation Options.

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  3. In the pane or dialog box that opens, enter the amount that you want to rotate the object in the Rotation box. You can also use the arrows to rotate the object exactly where you want.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Picture Tools Format tabs, make sure that you've selected a text box, shape, or WordArt. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then:

    • To rotate the object 90 degrees to the right, click Rotate Right 90°.

    • To rotate the object 90 degrees to the left, click Rotate Left 90°.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Picture Tools Format tabs, make sure that you've selected a text box, shape, WordArt or picture. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

You can create the effect of a mirror image or flip an object upside-down (invert it) by using the Flip tools.

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then:

    • To turn an object upside-down, click Flip Vertical.

    • To create a mirror image of the object, click Flip Horizontal.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Picture Tools Format tabs, make sure that you've selected a text box, shape, WordArt or picture. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

Tip:If you simply want to create a mirror image of text in a document, see Reverse text or create a mirror image.

When you rotate an object, any text within the object will rotate with it. However, text within a flipped object is not automatically flipped with the rotation tool. To reverse text along with the object that contains it, you can do the following in Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  1. Select and then right-click the object you want to reverse, and then click Format Shape.

  2. In the Format Shape pane, under Shape Options, click Effects.

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  3. Under 3-D Rotation, in one of the Rotation boxes (X, Y, or Z, depending on how you want to rotate your text), enter 180.

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    Notes:

    • Changing the rotation may affect the fill color of your object. You can adjust your fill color in the Format Shape pane on the Fill & Line Rotate or flip a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture (6) tab.

    • When you click in the object to edit the text, it will revert back to its original appearance temporarily while you edit it. The reversed appearance will be reapplied when you are done editing text and you click outside of the object.

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Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. Click the rotation handle at the top of the object, and then drag in the direction that you want.

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    Note:To constrain the rotation to 15-degree increments, press and hold Shift while you drag the rotation handle.

  1. Click the object you want to rotate.

  2. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then click More Rotation Options.

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    If you don't see the Picture Tools, Drawing Tools, or Format tabs, make sure that you've selected a picture. You may have to double-click the picture in order to open the Format tab.

  3. In the pane or dialog box that opens, enter the amount that you want to rotate the object in the Rotation box. You can also use the arrows to rotate the object exactly where you want.

You can create the effect of a mirror image or flip an object upside-down (invert it) by using the Flip tools.

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then do one of the following:

    • To turn an object upside-down, click Flip Vertical.

    • To create a mirror image of the object, click Flip Horizontal.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Picture Tools Format tabs, make sure that you've selected a text box, shape, WordArt or picture. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

Tip:If you simply want to create a mirror image of text in a document, see Reverse text or create a mirror image.

When you rotate an object, any text within the object will rotate with it. However, text within a flipped object is not automatically flipped with the rotation tool. To reverse text along with the object that contains it, you can do the following in Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  1. Select and then right-click the object you want to reverse, and then click Format Shape.

  2. In the Format Shape dialog box, click 3-D Rotation on the left.

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  3. In one of the Rotation boxes (X, Y, or Z, depending on how you want to rotate your text), enter 180.

    Notes:

    • Changing the rotation may affect the fill color of your object. You can adjust your fill color in the Format Shape dialog box on the Fill tab.

    • When you click in the object to edit the text, it will revert back to its original appearance temporarily while you edit it. The reversed appearance will be reapplied when you click outside of the object.

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. Click the rotation handle at the top of the object, and then drag in the direction that you want.

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    • To constrain the rotation to 15-degree angles, press and hold Shift while you drag the rotation handle.

    • When you rotate multiple shapes, they do not rotate as a group, but instead each shape rotates around its own center.

    • Alternatively you can select the object, hold down Option and press the left or right arrow keys to rotate.

  1. Click the object you want to rotate.

  2. On the Shape Format tab or Picture Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate.

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    • If you don't see the Shape Format or Picture Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture.

    • The Rotate button could be hidden if your screen size is reduced. If you don't see the Rotate button, click Arrange to see hidden buttons in the Arrange group.

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  3. Click More Rotation Options.

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  4. In the dialog box or pane that opens, enter the amount that you want to rotate the object in the Rotation box. You can also use the arrows to rotate the object exactly where you want.

  1. Click the object you want to rotate.

  2. On the Shape Format tab or Picture Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate.

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    • If you don't see the Shape Format or Picture Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture.

    • The Rotate button could be hidden if your screen size is reduced. If you don't see the Rotate button, click Arrange to see hidden buttons in the Arrange group.

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  3. To rotate the object 90 degrees to the right, click Rotate Right 90°, or to rotate the object 90 degrees to the left, click Rotate Left 90°.

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You can create the effect of a mirror image or flip an object upside-down (invert it) by using the Flip tools.

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. On the Shape Format tab or Picture Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate.

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    • If you don't see the Shape Format or Picture Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture.

    • The Rotate button could be hidden if your screen size is reduced. If you don't see the Rotate button, click Arrange to see hidden buttons in the Arrange group.

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  3. Do one of the following:

    • To turn an object upside-down, click Flip Vertical.

    • To create a mirror image of the object, click Flip Horizontal.

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  1. Click the object that you want to move.

  2. Drag the object to where you want it.

    • To move multiple objects, hold down Shift as you select the objects.

    • To move an object up ordown, or sideways in small increments, click the object, hold down Command, and then press an arrow key. Note that in Word you can only use this to move up or down.

    • To constrain an object so that it moves only horizontally or vertically, hold down Shift as you drag the object.

When you group objects, you are combining the objects together so that you can format, move, or copy them as a group.

  1. Hold down Shift, click the objects that you want to group together, and then depending on the type of object that you clicked, click the Shape Format tab or the Picture Format tab.

  2. Click the Group icon, and then click Group.

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Tip:If Group appears dimmed or unavailable that's usually because you haven't already selected two, or more, objects that can be grouped together.

See also

Insert pictures in Office for Mac

Crop a picture

Rotate to any angle

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. Click the rotation handle at the top of the object, and then drag in the direction that you want.

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Reverse text

See the article Reverse or mirror text.

Rotate a table or a SmartArt graphic

Copy the table or SmartArt graphic, paste it as a picture, and then rotate the picture.

See also

Wrap text around a circle or other shape

Crop a picture

Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects

Rotate or flip a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture (2024)

FAQs

Rotate or flip a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture? ›

Select the object that you want to rotate. Go to Shape Format or Picture Format . To rotate the object 90 degrees to the right, select Rotate Right 90°. To rotate the object 90 degrees to the left, select Rotate Left 90°.

How do you rotate a text box? ›

Rotate a text box
  1. Go to View > Print Layout.
  2. Select the text box that you want to rotate or flip, and then select Format.
  3. Under Arrange, select Rotate. To rotate a text box to any degree, on the object, drag the rotation handle .
  4. Select any of the following: Rotate Right 90. Rotate Left 90. Flip Vertical. Flip Horizontal.

How do I Rotate a picture in a text box in Word? ›

Click the object that you want to rotate. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then: To rotate the object 90 degrees to the right, click Rotate Right 90°. To rotate the object 90 degrees to the left, click Rotate Left 90°.

How do you rotate a shape? ›

Informally: To rotate a shape, move each point on the shape the given number of degrees around a circle centered on the point of rotation. Make sure each new point is the same distance from the point of rotation as the corresponding original point.

What is flip in image? ›

A flipped image or reversed image, the more formal term, is a static or moving image that is generated by a mirror-reversal of an original across a horizontal axis (a flopped image is mirrored across the vertical axis).

What tool is used to rotate an image? ›

Move a whole photo with the Rotate View tool.

Use the Rotate View tool to turn an entire image sideways, at an angle, or upside down.

Can you rotate a picture in Word? ›

Try it!
  1. Select the picture or shape. This will open the Shape Format or Picture Format ribbon.
  2. Select Rotate. Use any of the rotation commands in the list, like Flip Horizontal.
  3. Select More Rotation Options and enter the precise amount in the Rotation box.

How do you flip text in PowerPoint? ›

How to Mirror Text Horizontally in PowerPoint
  1. Select the text box that you want to mirror.
  2. Right-click on the text box and select "Format Shape."
  3. In the "Format Shape" pane, click on the "3-D Rotation" tab.
  4. Select "Rotate X" and set the value to 180.
  5. Your text is now mirrored horizontally.
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How do you rotate text in PowerPoint? ›

Insert a text box or shape in your document, and then type and format your text. Right-click the box or shape and select Format Shape . In the Format Shape pane, select Effects . Under 3-D Rotation , in the X Rotation or Y Rotation box, enter 180 .

Why can't I rotate my text box? ›

Select your text box, then click on "Shape Format" or "Drawing Tools Format" to open a menu of options. Select "Text Effects" in the window, then click on "3D Rotation." Select "3D Rotation Options" then set the x-axis rotation to 180 by typing it into the x-axis box or by clicking the up arrows.

How do I get my text screen to rotate? ›

Open your device's Settings app. . Select Accessibility. Select Auto-rotate screen.

How do I change the orientation of a text box in Adobe? ›

- Click "Tools," select "Advanced Editing" and choose "TouchUp Object Tool." - Click the text that you want to rotate. A bounding box appears around the text. - Right-click the text box, and click "Rotate Clockwise" to rotate the text box clockwise or click "Rotate Counterclockwise" to rotate the text counterclockwise.

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