Rotate or flip objects

  • Select the object that you want to rotate or flip.
  • Do one of the following:

Rotate objects freely

  1. Point to the green rotation handle.


  1. Drag the mouse in the direction you want the object to rotate.

 Note   To rotate in 15-degree increments, hold down SHIFT while dragging the handle.

Rotate objects by 90 degrees

  • On the Arrange menu, point to Rotate or Flip, and then select the option you want.

Rotate an object an exact number of degrees

  1. Right-click the object.
  2. On the shortcut menu, click Format <object type>, and then click the Size tab.
  3. Under Size and rotate, type or select the number of degrees to rotate the object in the Rotation box.

Rotate an object on its base

  • Hold down CTRL and drag the green rotation handle.

The object will rotate in a circle by pivoting around the handle (handle: One of several small shapes displayed around an object when the object is selected. You can move or reshape an object by clicking on a handle and dragging.) that is located directly across from the green rotation handle.

Flip an object

  1. On the Arrange menu, point to Rotate or Flip.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To flip an object horizontally, click Flip Horizontal.
    • To flip an object vertically, click Flip Vertical.
Applies to:
Publisher 2007, Publisher 2003