Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Flipping a Drawing Object.

Flipping a Drawing Object

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 20, 2016)

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Once you have created a drawing object in Word or placed into your document a graphic image, you can flip it horizontally or vertically. To flip an object, follow these steps:

  1. Select the drawing object you want to flip.
  2. Display the Format tab of the ribbon.
  3. In the Arrange group, click the Rotate tool. Word displays a palette of choices you can apply to the object.
  4. Click on either Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical. Word flips the object in the direction specified.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (5934) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Flipping a Drawing Object.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is one more than 9?

2016-01-20 11:36:57

Dave Wolf

Quick alternative: Grab any of the "handles" (corner or edge) and drag it completely across the image. The orientation will flip, mirror or invert according to the direction dragged. When the modified image is as desired, simply release the mouse button and the transformed image will replace the original.

When doing this with any corner handle, the edge of the resulting image can be matched up with the edge of the original, for sizing, and the aspect ratio will be maintained. With edge handles, the aspect ratio can be altered, stretching or shrinking one axis.

With a little bit of practice, images can be very easily manipulated without any of the messy ribbon/menu steps.


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