Rotate a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture

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

Note: Rotation tools are not available in Office Online. If you have a desktop version of Office, click Open in [Program Name] in your desktop program to open the document and use the rotation tools. If you don’t have a desktop version of Office, you can try or buy the latest version now.

Tip: To rotate a table or a SmartArt graphic, copy the table or SmartArt graphic, paste it as a picture, and then rotate the picture.

The following procedures apply to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher in Office 2016 and Office 2013. For information on Office 2010, click the next tab. For information on Word 2007, see Rotate or flip a picture, shape, or WordArt in Word 2007.

  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 increments, 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.

    • When you rotate an inline object in Word, the object stays in the same position on the line during the rotation, which can make the rotation seem strange. If you don’t like the way it looks, you can change the layout option or text wrapping.

  1. Click the object you want to rotate.

  2. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then click More Rotation Options.

    More Rotation Options on the Rotate menu

  3. In the pane or dialog box 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.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Picture Tools Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box, shape, or WordArt. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

  1. Click the object that you want to rotate.

  2. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then:

    • 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°.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Picture Tools Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box, shape, WordArt or picture. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

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. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then:

    • To turn an object upside-down, click Flip Vertical.

    • To create a mirror image of the object, click Flip Horizontal.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Picture Tools Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box, shape, WordArt or picture. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

When you rotate an object, any text within the object will rotate with it. However, text within a flipped object is not automatically flipped with the rotation tool. To reverse text along with the object that contains it, you can do the following in Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  1. Select and then right-click the object you want to reverse, and then click Format Shape.

  2. In the Format Shape pane, under Shape Options, click Effects.

    Effects tab in the Format Shape pane

  3. Under 3-D Rotation, in one of the Rotation boxes (X, Y, or Z, depending on how you want to rotate your text), enter 180.

    X Rotation on the Effects tab

    Notes: Changing the rotation may affect the fill color of your object. You can adjust your fill color in the Format Shape pane on the Fill & Line Fill & Line tab in the Format Shape pane tab.

    When you click in the object to edit the text, it will revert back to its original appearance temporarily while you edit it. The reversed appearance will be reapplied when you click outside of the object.

Tip: If you simply want to reverse text (create a mirror image) in a document, you must enter the text in a text box. Follow the steps above, and enter 180 in the X Rotation box. If you want to remove the text box outline, right-click the text box, click Outline on the mini toolbar that appears, and choose No Outline.

The following procedures apply to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  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

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

  1. Click the object you want to rotate.

  2. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then click More Rotation Options.

    More Rotation Options on the Rotate menu

    If you don't see the Picture Tools, Drawing Tools, or Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture. You may have to double-click the picture in order to open the Format tab.

  3. In the pane or dialog box 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.

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. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools if you're rotating a picture), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Rotate, and then 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.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Picture Tools Format tabs, make sure that you selected a text box, shape, WordArt or picture. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

When you rotate an object, any text within the object will rotate with it. However, text within a flipped object is not automatically flipped with the rotation tool. To reverse text along with the object that contains it, you can do the following in Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  1. Select and then right-click the object you want to reverse, and then click Format Shape.

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

    3-D Rotation in the Format Shape dialog box

  3. In one of the Rotation boxes (X, Y, or Z, depending on how you want to rotate your text), enter 180.

    Notes: Changing the rotation may affect the fill color of your object. You can adjust your fill color in the Format Shape dialog box on the Fill tab.

    When you click in the object to edit the text, it will revert back to its original appearance temporarily while you edit it. The reversed appearance will be reapplied when you click outside of the object.

Tip: If you simply want to reverse text (create a mirror image) in a document, you must enter the text in a text box. Follow the steps above, and enter 180 in the X Rotation box. If you want to remove the text box outline, right-click the text box, click Shape Outline on the mini toolbar that appears, and choose No Outline.

The following procedures apply to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in Office 206 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

Crop a picture

Use Word Layout Options to move pictures

Wrap text around pictures in Word

Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects

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