Rotate an AutoShape, picture, or WordArt

  1. Select the AutoShape (AutoShapes: A group of ready-made shapes that includes basic shapes, such as rectangles and circles, plus a variety of lines and connectors, block arrows, flowchart symbols, stars and banners, and callouts.), picture (picture: A file (such as a metafile) that you can ungroup and manipulate as two or more objects or a file that stays as a single object (such as bitmaps).), or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.) you want to rotate.

 Note   If you don't see the Drawing toolbar in the lower left corner of the program window, on the View menu point to Toolbars and then click Drawing.

  1. Do one of the following:

ShowRotate to any angle

  1. Drag the rotate handle on the object in the direction you want to rotate it.

 Note   If you don't see a rotate handle, on the Drawing toolbar, in the lower left corner of the program window, click Draw, point to Rotate or Flip, and then click Free Rotate.

  1. Click outside the object to set the rotation.

ShowRotate 90 degrees to the left or 90 degrees to the right


  • To constrain the rotation of the object to 15-degree angles, hold down SHIFT while you drag the rotate handle.
Applies to:
Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Word 2003