Freely rotated pictures, shapes, text boxes, and WordArt in earlier versions of Office

If you rotate or flip an object, the rotation might be lost if the document is opened with an earlier version of Office for Mac or in a Windows version of Office.

Non-picture objects, such as WordArt and AutoShape, retain their rotation. Also, bitmap  graphics, such as JPEG, Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), and PNG, retain their rotation.

The following table lists objects that might lose their rotation.

V ersion

Operating system

How rotated objects look

Microsoft Office v. X

Mac OS

vector graphic, such as Macintosh Picture (PICT), Windows Metafile (WMF), and Encapsulated PostScript File (EPSF, EPS), lose their rotation.

Microsoft Office 2001

Mac OS

Macintosh Picture (PICT), Windows Metafile (WMF), and Encapsulated PostScript File (EPSF, EPS) graphics lose their rotation.

Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition

Mac OS

Pictures and objects other than those listed above this table lose their rotation.

Microsoft Office XP

Windows

Objects retain their rotation, but the position of the object in the document might change.

Microsoft Office 2000

Windows

All non-picture objects other than those listed above this table lose their rotation. Some pictures might lose their rotation.

Tip: To rotate a vector graphic, use your graphics program to export the graphic as a bitmap file, and then insert it into your document and rotate it.

See also

Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other object

Graphic file types you can insert and save

Turn off Compatibility Report

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