Rotate or flip a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt in Outlook 2007

You can change the position of shapes or other objects by rotating or reversing them. Reversing a shape is also referred to as creating a mirror image or flipping.

Rotate a picture, shape, or WordArt

Note: When you rotate multiple shapes, they do not rotate as a group, but instead each shape rotates around its own center.

Rotate to any angle

  1. Click the picture, shape, or WordArt that you want to rotate.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the rotation handle in the direction that you want to rotate the shape.

      Only pictures and shapes have rotation handles.

      Rotation handle
      Click the rotation handle at the top of the object, and then drag in the direction that you want.

      Note: To constrain the rotation to 15 degree angles, press and hold SHIFT while you drag the rotation handle.

    • Do one of the following to specify an exact rotation:

      • To rotate a picture, under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, click More Rotation Options, and then on the Size tab, under Size and rotate, enter the amount that you want to rotate the picture in the Rotation box.

        Picture Tools tab

        If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture.

      • To rotate a shape without text in it, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, click More Rotation Options, and then on the Size tab, under Rotate, enter the amount that you want to rotate the shape in the Rotation box.

        Drawing Tools Format tab image

        If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

      • To rotate a shape with text in it, under Text Box Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, click More Rotation Options, and then on the Size tab, under Rotate, enter the amount that you want to rotate the shape in the Rotation box.

        Text Box Tools Format tab image

        If you do not see the Text Box Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

      • To rotate WordArt, under WordArt Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, click More Rotation Options, and then on the Size tab, under Rotate, enter the amount that you want to rotate the WordArt in the Rotation box.

        WordArt Tools Format tab image

        If you do not see the WordArt Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a WordArt.

Rotate 90 degrees to the left or 90 degrees to the right

  1. Click the picture, shape, or WordArt that you want to rotate.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To rotate a picture, under Picture Tools, click the Format tab.

      Picture Tools tab

      If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture.

    • To rotate a shape without text in it, under Drawing Tools, click the Format tab.

      Drawing Tools Format tab image

      If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

    • To rotate a shape with text in it, under Text Box Tools, click the Format tab.

      Text Box Tools Format tab image

      If you do not see the Text Box Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

    • To rotate WordArt, under WordArt Tools, click the Format tab.

      WordArt Tools Format tab image

      If you do not see the WordArt Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a WordArt.

  3. In the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then do one of the following:

    • To rotate the object 90 degrees to the right, click Rotate Right 90°.

    • To rotate the object 90 degrees to the left, click Rotate Left 90°.

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Flip a picture, shape, or WordArt

When you flip a shape, picture, or other object, you create a reverse image of the shape, picture, or object.

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

  1. Click the picture, shape, or WordArt that you want to flip.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To flip a picture, under Picture Tools, click the Format tab.

      Picture Tools tab

      If you do not see the Picture Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture.

    • To flip a shape without text in it, under Drawing Tools, click the Format tab.

      Drawing Tools Format tab image

      If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

    • To flip a shape with text in it, under Text Box Tools, click the Format tab.

      Text Box Tools Format tab image

      If you do not see the Text Box Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a shape.

    • To flip WordArt, under WordArt Tools, click the Format tab.

      WordArt Tools Format tab image

      If you do not see the WordArt Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a WordArt.

  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.

      Notes: 

      • To rotate a SmartArt graphic, copy the SmartArt graphic, paste it as a picture, and then rotate the picture.

      • If the rotation options are not available when you click the picture that you want to rotate or flip, right-click each picture, and on the shortcut menu, point to Text Wrapping, and then click Square or any option other than In Line with Text.

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