How to flip text in a Word 2016 document?

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

Last updated:April 2018

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 doc text?

Thanks for the question. Microsoft Word allows you to easily rotate and flip text. 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 pcitures (stored in your computer or online images) to create more professional presentation slides.

Mirror text in Microsoft 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 (Insert>>Text Box), and photos (Insert>> 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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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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Suggested next steps

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