How to flip text in a Word 2016 / 2019 document?

This procedure is fully applicable to: Office 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 365; It was tested on Windows 10,8, 7 and MAC OSX 10.13

Last updated: September 2019

Here’s a question we got from our reader, Matilda:

I have a bunch of formatted text letters and pictures created in my Word document which i want to mirror. I understand that there are several ways to do that. Could you explain how should i “reverse” and then print my document text?

Thanks for the question. Microsoft Word allows you to easily rotate and flip text written in your document. In this tutorial we’ll explain using text formatted with WordArt, however you can use the same technique in order to mirror, flip and rotate any text box as well. Many of the following steps work also on PowerPoint and can be helpful in case you want to flip pictures (stored in your computer or online images) to create more professional presentation slides.

Mirror and Reverse text in Word

We’ll first going to go ahead and insert some WordArt text that we’ll use in this post. Remember that you are able to insert any text box (by hitting Insert and then selecting Text Box), and photos (hit Insert and then select Pictures) and mirror them in the same way we outline below.

Go ahead and follow these steps:

  • Open your Word 2016 document, in the upper ribbon, hit Insert and select your preferred Word Art formatting.

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  • Enter your text and hit on Format.

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  • Select Shape effects drop down box and in the 3-D Rotation, select 3-D Rotation options..

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  • In the X Rotation fix the value to 180° and other rotations as 0° to mirror the text.

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  • In the Y Rotation fix the value to 180° and other rotations as 0° to make the text mirrored and upside down.

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  • In the Z Rotation fix the value to 180° and other rotations as 0° to just make the text upside down.

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Using VBA to flip text

You can use VBA macros in order to rotate text in Microsoft Word. Here’s a simple beginner example to help you get started:


Sub RotateDoc()

Dim WorkDoc As Document
Dim MyShape As Shape

‘Create new Word document
Set WorkDoc = Documents.Add

‘Create new Word Text Box
Set MyShape = WorkDoc.Shapes.AddTextbox(msoTextOrientationUpward, 100, 100, 100, 100)

‘Set Text Box text and flip orientation
With MyShape.TextFrame
.TextRange = “This is the text i want to rotate”
.Orientation = msoTextOrientationDownward

End Sub


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Rotate text on MAC OSX

  • In your MAC, go ahead and open Microsoft Word
  • Navigate to your document
  • Hit Insert, the select Word Art
  • Type your text
  • Hit the Shape Format tab
  • Select Format Pane
  • Now, select Text Options
  • Then in the middle tab select the 3D – Rotation tab, set the X Rotation to 180 degrees to mirror your text.


Flipping text in Microsoft Word:

  • Open Word 2016, hit  Insert and select your preferred Word Art.
  • Enter your text and click Rotate drop down box in the format ribbon.

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  • Click on the Flip Vertically to flip the text object vertically.

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  • Click on the Flip Horizontally to flip the text upside down 🙂

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  • Rotate 90° to the right, and you’ll get vertical text in your Word page.

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  • Rotate Left 90° will make the text rotate 90° on to the left.

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