Flip a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture

When you flip a shape or other object (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.), you create a reverse image of the shape or object.

 Tip   You can create a mirror image of an object by making a copy of the object and then flipping it. Drag the duplicate object into a position where it mirrors the original object.

Mirrored object

An example of a mirror image of an object

To flip a text box, shape, or Word art:

  1. Click the object that you want to flip.
  2. Under Drawing Tools, click the Format tab.
  3. In the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then do one of the following:
  • To reverse the object vertically, click Flip Vertical.
  • To reverse the object horizontally, click Flip Horizontal.

The Rotate command in the Arrange group in PowerPoint

An example of the Arrange group in PowerPoint 2013

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box, shape, or WordArt. You might have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

To flip a picture:

  1. Click the picture that you want to flip
  2. Under Picture Tools, click the Format tab.
  3. In the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then do one of the following:
  • To reverse the object vertically, click Flip Vertical.
  • To reverse the object horizontally, click Flip Horizontal.

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

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Applies to:
Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Word 2013