Rotate a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture in Office 2016 for Mac

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

The following procedures apply to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in Office 2016 for Mac. For information about Office for Mac 2011, see Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other 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.

    Shaoe with rotation handles

    Notes: 

    • 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.

  1. Click the object you want to rotate.

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

    Rotate button on the Format tab

    Notes: 

    • 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.

      Rotate button on the Arrange menu Rotate button on the Arrange menu

  3. Click More Rotation Options.

    Office for Mac Shape Rotate Menu
  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.

    Rotate button on the Format tab

    Notes: 

    • 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.

      Rotate button on the Arrange menu Rotate button on the Arrange menu

  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°.

    Office for Mac Shape Rotate Menu

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.

    Rotate button on the Format tab

    Notes: 

    • 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.

      Rotate button on the Arrange menu Rotate button on the Arrange menu

  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.

      Office for Mac Shape Rotate Menu

See also

Insert pictures in Office for Mac

Crop a picture in Office for Mac

Control text wrapping around objects in Word 2016 for Mac

Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects in Word 2016 for Mac

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