How to Rotate an Image in Google Slides

If you’ve ever added a picture from a smartphone or a digital camera to a document, then you may have experienced an issue with its rotation.

While you can take a picture in portrait or landscape with your camera, it mat not have that same rotation when you add it to an application like Google Slides.

Fortunately Google Slides has some image formatting and editing tools, and one of those tools allows you to turn pictures that you have added to a slide.

Our guide below will show you how to rotate an image in Google Slides.

How to Rotate a Picture in Google Slides

  1. Open the Google Slides file.
  2. Choose the slide with the picture.
  3. Click the picture to select it.
  4. Choose Arrange at the top of the window.
  5. Click Rotate, then select the desired rotation.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

we also discuss a couple of other ways that you can rotate images in Google Slides.

How to Rotate Images in Google Slides

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser but will also work in other desktop browsers like Safari or Firefox.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the Slides presentation containing the image to rotate.

Step 2: Choose the slide with the picture from the column at the left side of the window.

click the slide with the image

Step 3: Click on the picture you want to rotate.

click the picture to select it

Step 4: Select the Arrange tab from the menu at the top of the window.

select the Arrange tab

Step 5: Choose the Rotate option, then select the type of rotation to apply to the image.

how to rotate an image in Google Slides

Rotation options include rotating 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise, flipping vertically, or flipping horizontally.

As discussed earlier, there are some other ways to rotate pictures in Google Slides as well.

After you have clicked on the picture to select it you will see a circular handle on the outside of the picture. If you click and drag that handle you can rotate the image. This freeform rotation option can be a little more helpful if one of the default rotation options doesn’t meet your needs.

Another way to rotate images in Google Slides is to click on the picture to select it, then click the Format options in the toolbar. This will add a column to the right side of the window, where one of the options is Size & Rotation. If you click that option you will be able to use the available rotation options on that menu.

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