Rotate or flip objects

When you rotate an object it moves left or right around an axis and keeps the same face toward you. When you flip and object it turns the object over, either vertically or horizontally, so that it is now a mirror image.

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Rotate objects freely

Rotate objects by 90 degrees

Rotate an object an exact number of degrees

Rotate an object on its base

Flip an object

Rotate objects freely

  1. Select the object and point to the green rotation handle.
    image of a rose showing the green rotation handle

  2. Drag the mouse in the direction you want the object to rotate.

    Note:  To rotate in 15-degree increments, hold down SHIFT while dragging the handle.

Rotate objects by 90 degrees

  1. Select the object.

  2. On the Home tab, point to Rotate in the Arrange group and select Rotate Right 90° or Rotate Left 90°.

Rotate an object an exact number of degrees

  1. Right-click the object.

  2. On the shortcut menu, click Format <object type>, and then click the Size tab.

  3. Under Size and rotate, type or select the number of degrees to rotate the object in the Rotation box.

Rotate an object on its base

Hold down CTRL and drag the green rotation handle. The object will rotate in a circle by pivoting around the handle that is located directly across from the green rotation handle.

Flip an object

  1. Select the object.

  2. On the Home tab, point to Rotate in the Arrange group and select Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal.

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