Rotate or flip a picture, shape, or WordArt in Word 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.

You cannot directly rotate a text box in Office Word 2007. However, you can simulate rotation by changing the text direction. For more information about positioning text inside text boxes, see Position text in a shape or text box in Word 2007.

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

  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.

    • To specify an exact rotation, first click the Format tab. You'll find the Format tab in different locations depending on the type of object you're rotating:

      For a picture, the Format tab is under Picture Tools.

      Picture Tools tab

      For a shape without text, the Format tab is under Drawing Tools.

      Drawing Tools Format tab image

      For a shape with text, the Format tab is under Text Box Tools.

      Text Box Tools Format tab image .

      For WordArt, the Format tab is under WordArt Tools.

      WordArt Tools Format tab image

      Note: If you do not see the Format tab, make sure that you selected the object.

    • 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 picture in the Rotation box.

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

  2. Click the Format tab.

    You'll find the Format tab in different locations depending on the type of object you're are rotating:

    For a picture, the Format tab is under Picture Tools.

    Picture Tools tab

    For a shape without text in it, the Format tab is under Drawing Tools.

    Drawing Tools Format tab image

    For a shape with text in it, the Format tab is under Text Box Tools.

    Text Box Tools Format tab image

    For WordArt, the Format tab is under WordArt Tools.

    WordArt Tools Format tab image

    Note: If you do not see the Format tab, make sure that you selected the object.

  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°.

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. Click the Format tab.

    You'll find the Format tab in different locations depending on the type of object you're are rotating:

    For a picture, the Format tab is under Picture Tools.

    Picture Tools tab

    For a shape without text in it, the Format tab is under Drawing Tools.

    Drawing Tools Format tab image

    For a shape with text in it, the Format tab is under Text Box Tools.

    Text Box Tools Format tab image

    For WordArt, the Format tab is under WordArt Tools.

    WordArt Tools Format tab image

    Note: If you do not see the Format tab, make sure that you selected the object.

  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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