by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 14, 2018)
Don knows how to rotate a graphic using the mouse. He wonders, though, if there is a way to rotate a graphic using nothing but the keyboard.
The short answer is "not really." The reason for this is because before you can rotate a graphic you need to select it, and selecting can only be done (as far as I can tell) by using the mouse. If you've just clicked on the graphic to select it, your mouse pointer is already very close to the rotation handle, so you might as well use it to do the rotation.
That being said, after you select the graphic (again, using the mouse) you could use the Alt key, in conjunction with the left and right arrow keys, to rotate the graphic in 15-degree increments in the direction consistent with the arrow key used.
If you want a bit finer control over the rotation, you can follow this convoluted set of steps:
You could also set up a keyboard shortcut to directly display the options that appear when you press M. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Customize Ribbon options of the Word Options dialog box.
Figure 2. The Customize Keyboard dialog box.
Now, after selecting a graphic, you can jump right to the rotation options by pressing the shortcut key you defined in step 7.
Of course, you could also create a set of macros to do the rotations for you and then assign those macros to a set of keyboard shortcuts. The following consists of four macros, three of which can be used to easily rotate a graphic. The RotateCW1 and RotateCW5 macros rotate a graphic clockwise either 1 or 5 degrees. The RotateCCW5 macro rotates a graphic 5 degrees counterclockwise. All three graphics rely on the RotateShape macro to do the majority of the work.
Sub RotateCW1() RotateShape (1) End Sub Sub RotateCW5() RotateShape (5) End Sub Sub RotateCCW5() RotateShape (-5) End Sub Sub RotateShape(Degrees As Single) With Selection If .ShapeRange.Count = 0 And .Range.ShapeRange.Count = 0 Then MsgBox "No shape selected" Exit Sub End If If .ShapeRange.Count > 0 Then .ShapeRange.IncrementRotation Degrees Else .Range.ShapeRange(1).IncrementRotation Degrees End If End With End Sub
Again, assign the RotateCW1, RotateCW5, and RotateCCW5 macros to shortcut keys and you can then directly rotate a selected graphic as desired.
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