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How to flip a picture in Microsoft Word



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Flipping an image is useful when you want to print a photo in reverse perspective. Fortunately, Microsoft’s suite of applications can help. Here’s how to flip an image in a Microsoft Word document.

To flip a picture in Microsoft Word, open the Word document containing the picture (or insert the picture by clicking Insert> Pictures) and then click the picture to select it.

Then in Windows right-click on the picture and select ‘Format Picture’ from the context menu. On Mac you can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + 1.

You are now in the “Effects” tab of the “Format Picture” panel, which appears to the right of the window. Here, click the arrow next to “3-D Rotation” to display the content.

Then change the degree “X rotation” to “180” by typing it directly into the text box or by pressing the up arrow to the right of the text box. Pressing the up arrow increases the degree in steps of ten.

Once the X rotation is set to 180 degrees, the selected image will be an exact mirrored copy of the original image.

You can also flip an image manually by clicking on the image to select it and then clicking and dragging the right handle to the left.

This second method may be faster than the first, but it is difficult to get the image exactly 180 degrees this way.


Flipping an image isn’t the only photo editing tool Microsoft Word offers. You can also remove backgrounds from images, place text over an image, and more.




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