March 3, 2021

PowerPoint: The Easiest Way to Flip Images, Text Boxes and Shapes

A well-designed layout brings a PowerPoint presentation to life. Images and text should always work together to best reflect the topic and create cohesion. Pictures should be used to underscore and clarify the written content and never distract. The key is to create balance. Microsoft Office PowerPoint has a wide range of functions to achieve this perfectly.

To create balance on a PowerPoint slide, you might want to consider flipping images or text. PowerPoint allows you to flip images, text boxes and shapes both vertically and horizontally. Texts can be flipped upside down or mirrored vertically. After flipping, you can add finishing touches by selecting a style effect. This allows you to create original and artistic presentations for your audience.

Keep reading to learn how to do the following in PowerPoint:

  • Flip images and shapes.
  • Change the orientation of an image.
  • Change the direction of icons, such as arrows.
  • Flip text boxes vertically or upside down.

Horizontal flipping, as the name suggests, takes place on the horizontal axis (y axis). Icons, such as arrows, can point in the opposite direction. and people in pictures can be turned to face the opposite direction. This can help frame other content on the slide and focus the audience in a different direction.

Text boxes can also be flipped vertically or turned upside down. This is done along the vertical axis (x axis). You can choose to position the title of your presentation vertically to add some extra visual interest. Or, you may have a logo with text that you want to flip to create a desired effect.

This article gives you detailed step-by-step instructions as well as simple instructions that you can easily do with your mouse. We’ll walk you through inserting the image all the way to flipping it in PowerPoint.


Flipping a PowerPoint image: This is how you do it

So, you have the perfect portrait image for your PowerPoint presentation. But when you insert it, you notice that the person in the picture is looking off to the side and not facing the center of the slide. Don’t worry, there’s a quick fix for this. It’s time to learn about flipping in PowerPoint.

We’ll show you how to change the orientation and perspective of a picture. The upside is that you don’t have to change the layout of the slide, only the image. With horizontal flipping, you can do this in just a few steps in PowerPoint. We’ll show you exactly how to do it in this tutorial.

Step 1:
Go to the slide in PowerPoint where you want to insert an image (such as a portrait).

Step 2:
Go to Insert and select Pictures. The Insert Picture From drop-down menu allows you to choose your image from: This Device…, Stock Images… and Online Pictures….


Step 3:
Once you’ve inserted your image, the Format Picture… window will open on the right.


Step 4:
Left click the image you want to flip. This also works with clipart, shapes and other objects.

Step 5:
Go to the Home tab and select Arrange. Now click Rotate under Position Objects.

Step 6:
In the new menu, select Flip Horizontal. The image will then be flipped along its horizontal axis.


Step 5 also lets you choose to flip the image vertically. This option is, you guessed it, called Flip Vertical.


How to flip an image with your mouse

Did you know you can flip an image with just your mouse? To flip your image horizontally, simply do the following:

Step 1:
Left click the image you want to flip.

Step 2:
Hover your mouse over one of the white dots (anchor points) framing the image.

Step 3:
Hold down on one of these anchor points with your left mouse button.

Step 4:
To flip the image, drag the point over the image to the other side.

You’ll now have a horizontal mirroring of your image.  Vertical flipping can be done by going to the Picture Format tab and selecting Arrange > Rotate > Flip Vertical. Both methods work with all image types and image formats.


Flip icons, shapes and PowerPoint graphics

Icons are an essential part of so many PowerPoint presentations. They present relationships and information in a more memorable and compact way. A simple arrow icon used to represent direction will be understood by everyone. Their clear geometric shapes can also be used to link concepts together. PowerPoint offers you a wide range of icons and pictograms to choose from. But they’re not available in all directions and alignments so chances are you’ll need to flip them.

In the following example, we’ll show you how to flip an arrow horizontally. These steps can of course be used with any other icon.

Step 1:
Go to the slide in your PowerPoint presentation where you want to insert an arrow.

Step 2:
Click on Insert then Icons in the Illustrations group.


Step 3:
This will open a new window with various icon categories.

Step 4:
Keep scrolling left until you find the Arrows category. Select the arrow you’d like to use and click Insert.


Step 5:
Now it’s time to change your arrow’s direction. First, click on the object.

Step 6:
Go to Home > Arrange > Rotate > Flip Horizontal to point your arrow in the opposite direction. There you select “Flip Horizontal” and your arrow points in the opposite direction.



How to flip or rotate PowerPoint text boxes

The first thing you need to know is that text boxes in PowerPoint can only be mirrored vertically, not horizontally. However, you can rotate the box upside down.

No matter how you want to flip or rotate your text, you first need a text box. Text boxes have a visible black frame and color fill. We’ll discuss how you can remove both this frame and fill after you’ve rotated or flipped your box.


How to flip text in PowerPoint

Step 1:
Insert a text box where you need it. To do this, Go to Insert > Text Box and then drag your mouse on the slide to create the box. Enter your text and the box is ready for formatting.


Step 2:
Right click your shape and select Format Shape…. This will open a side panel where you’ll now select Effects (the second icon).


Step 3:
Go to 3D Rotation > X Rotation and enter 180. The text will now be mirrored.


Step 4:
Extra option:
If your text box has a background color fill, you can easily remove it. The best way to do this is by selecting the first icon (Fill & Line) in the Format Shape panel (see above). There you’ll see several options, including No fill.  To remove the text box frame, click Line > No line.

Just like with images, you can also flip text boxes using only your mouse. To do this, click on your text box, move your mouse to an anchor point and hold down your mouse button to drag that anchor point to the opposite side.


Turn text upside down in PowerPoint

Text can also be turned upside down. This is handy if you want to make folding, double-sided printouts or place cards.

In this section you’ll learn to flip text boxes 180 degrees. Before you get started, you still need to insert your text into a text box. Here’s how to turn your text upside down:

Step 1:
Click the text box that you want to turn upside down.

Step 2:
Go to the Shape Format and click Arrange. Now select Rotate.

Step 3:
In the drop-down menu, you’ll find More Rotation Options….


Step 4:
A side panel will now open where you can enter a value in the Rotation field. To turn your text upside down, enter 180. Or go back to Rotate and click Rotate Right 90° twice.


You can also right click your text box and select Format Shape…. This will open a side panel where you can click the third icon (Size & Properties) and enter your rotation value in the Rotation field.


Now you know how to flip images, shapes, icons and text boxes horizontally. You know how to make portrait photos will face into the slide and arrows point in the right direction. You can do all of this by using the Format Shape… option. Alternatively, you can just use your mouse. Text boxes can also be flipped vertically or turned upside down allowing you to create double-sided printouts and place cards easily.



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