How to Flip a Picture in Word Documents (A Quick 5 Step Guide)

A picture that is rotated the wrong way is something that many Word users will encounter, especially when they use pictures from their own camera.

But, a picture that is backward or upside down might be a little tougher because you need to use a specific image editing option to fix that.

The steps in this guide are going to show you how to flip a picture in Word documents.

We are going to cover the steps involved in this process briefly at the start of this guide, then we will continue below with additional information and pictures for each of the steps.

How to Flip an Image in Word

  1. Open your document in Microsoft Word.
  2. Click on the picture that you wish to flip.
  3. Select the Picture Format tab at the top of the window.
  4. Click the Rotate button at the far-right of the ribbon.
  5. Select the Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical option.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to flip a picture in Word, including pictures for these steps.

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Sometimes when you add a picture to a Microsoft Word document, that picture won’t be in the orientation that you require. You may need to rotate left or rotate right if it’s in portrait orientation or landscape orientation, or you might need a mirror image of the picture.

You may initially consider heading to Google and looking for a way to perform this action in an image editing program like Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop, but you actually have some flip image picture tools in Word that you can use instead.

Our tutorial below is going to show you where to locate these rotation options.

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How to Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical in a Microsoft Word Document (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this guide were performed using the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of Microsoft Office, but will work in many other versions of the application as well.

Step 1: Open the document containing the image that you would like to flip.

Step 2: Click on the image.

click on the picture to select it

Step 3: Choose the Picture Format tab at the top of the window.

select the Picture Format tab

Step 4: Select the Rotate button in the Arrange section of the ribbon.

click the Rotate button

Step 5: Select the Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal option from the dropdown menu.

how to flip a picture in a Microsoft Word document

Now that you know how to flip a picture in Word you will be able to fix issues with images that are facing the wrong direction the next time you insert one of them into one of your Microsoft Word documents.

Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about using the rotation tool in Microsoft Word so that you can use the various rotate shape options to get the exact angle you need for the image in your document.

Additional Information on Flipping Images in Microsoft Word

  • The Arrange group in the Microsoft Word ribbon contains a lot of other useful options for manipulating images in your Word document as well. For example, you can use the Align button to choose how you would like to align the image on your document page. You could also choose the Wrap Text option to control how the text around the picture interacts with the image.
  • Other Microsoft Office applications, such as Microsoft Powerpoint, contain options that let you flip horizontally or flip vertically as well. In fact, the step by step process in that application is identical to the one discussed in the article. So, essentially, once you know how to flip a picture in Word you also know how to flip an image in a slideshow.
  • If you elect to use the Flip Vertical option for your image, then everything in the picture will be upside down relative to its original orientation. This includes any text that may be part of the picture.
  • There are other Word objects that you can choose to flip as well. For example, both the text box and the Wordart items that you can add to your document contain these same rotation options. To flip a text box horizontally, simply click on the box to select it, then choose the Shape Format tab and use the Rotate button on there.
  • If you need to rotate your picture in a manner other than the ones offered on the dropdown menu, select the More Rotation Options instead. Here you will see a menu that lets you resize the image, scale the image, or rotate it by a specific number of degrees.

The rotate menu that you see when you click the Rotate button to spin or flip an object in your document includes the following options:

  • Rotate Right 90 degrees
  • Rotate left 90 degrees
  • Flip Vertical – if you want a vertical mirror, then use this option
  • Flip Horizontal – if you want a horizontal mirror, then use this option. You may also want to use this if you are using iron on transfer paper to make a t shirt.
  • More Rotation Options

Selecting the “More Rotation Options” item from the drop down menu lets you make x rotation choices and format shape rotations by specifying an exact amount of degrees that you would like to rotate the image.

It you use some of the drawing tools, such as to draw text box objects, you can also use the handle to rotate those. Simply select the object, click and hold on the handle, then drag it to the desired rotation.

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