Reverse or mirror text in Word

To reverse (or mirror) text in a document, you must first enter the text in a text box. After reversing the text, you can remove the appearance of using a text box by removing the outline.

Using a text box

  1. Insert a text box in your document and type and format your text.

    For more details, see Add, copy, or delete a text box.

  2. Right-click the box and select Format Shape.

    Format shape menu item selected

  3. In the Format Shape pane, select Effects.

    Effects tab in the Format Shape pane

  4. Under 3-D Rotation, in the X Rotation box, enter 180°.

    Notes: 

    • If your text box becomes filled with a color, you can remove the color in the Format Shape pane. Under Shape Options, select the Fill & Line tab Fill & Line tab , expand Fill, and select No fill.

    • If you want to remove the text box outline, right-click the text box, select Outline in the mini toolbar that appears, and choose No Outline.

Using WordArt text

  1. Select the WordArt to mirror.

    For more info see Insert WordArt.

  2. Select Shape Format or Drawing Tools Format.

  3. Select Text Effects > 3D Rotation > 3D Rotation Options.

  4. Under 3-D Rotation, set X Rotation to 180°.

    3-D rotation settings with X set to 180 deg

Using a text box

  1. Insert a text box in your document by selecting Insert > Text Box, and then type and format your text.

  2. Right-click the box and select Format Shape.

    Format Shape selected on context menu

  3. In the Format Shape dialog box, select 3-D Rotation on the left.

  4. In the X box, enter 180°.

    Format Shape dialog with 3D X rotation selected

    Notes: 

    • If your text box becomes filled with a color, you can remove the color by right-clicking the text box, selecting the arrow next to Shape Fill in the mini toolbar that appears, and selecting No Fill.

    • If you want to remove the text box outline, right-click the text box, select the arrow next to Shape Outline in the mini toolbar that appears, and choose No Outline.

Using WordArt Text

  1. Select the WordArt to mirror.

    For more info see Insert WordArt.

  2. Select Drawing Tools > Format.

  3. Select Text Effects > 3D Rotation > 3D Rotation Options.

  4. Under 3-D Rotation, set X to 180°.

    Setting the x 3D rotation to 180

Using a text box

  1. Insert a text box in your document and type and format your text.

    For more details, see Add, copy, or delete a text box in Word.

  2. Select the box and then select Format Pane.

    Format Pane button selected

  3. In the Format Shape pane, select Effects.

    Shape format pane with Effects button

  4. Under 3-D Rotation, in the X Rotation box, enter 180°.

    3D Rotation section with X rotation selected

    Note: If your text box becomes filled with a color, you can remove the color in the Format Shape pane. Under Shape Options, select the Fill & Line tab Fill & Line tab , expand Fill, and select No fill.

Using WordArt text

  1. Select the WordArt to mirror. For more info see Insert WordArt.

  2. Select Shape Format.

  3. Select Text Effects > 3D Rotation > 3D Rotation Options.

  4. Under 3-D Rotation, set X Rotation to 180°.

    WordArt with a 180 degree rotation

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