How to Mirror an Image in Word

Learn to flip words and rotate text in Word

an example of a sign with mirrored text

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Creating a mirror image in Microsoft Word can be useful for a few reasons; the main one involving iron-on transfer paper used to shift text and imagery onto t-shirts and other clothing, as well as various fabric-based items like canvas bags and pillowcases. You can even transfer these items to a hard surface if you have the right equipment at your disposal.

However, before printing onto your special parchment or wax paper, you first need to know how to flip an image in Word, among other things.

This tutorial is for Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013.

How to Flip an Image in Word for macOS

  1. First, open a new Word document or continue working in an existing one.

  2. Click Insert, located along the uppermost row of options in the Word interface.

    screenshot of Microsoft Word for macOS
  3. Click Text Box, located in the ribbon found directly above the document body. 

    a screenshot of the Insert ribbon in Word for macOS
  4. Click either Draw Text Box or Draw Vertical Text Box, depending on your specific needs.

    a screenshot of the Text Box options in Word for macOS

    To mirror images, text, or WordArt, these contents should first be placed within a Text Box. 

  5. Type and format your text, if applicable, within the newly-created text box.

    screenshot of a populated text box in Word for macOS

    You can also insert shapes, WordArt or images at this point via the same methods you would use without a text box.

  6. Once your text box contents are ready, right-click the box so its context menu appears.

    If you’re a macOS user without a two-button mouse, follow our instructions on how to right-click on a Mac.

  7. Click Format Shape.

    screenshot of the text box context menu in Word for macOS
  8. The Format Shape interface should now be displayed to the right of your document’s contents. Click Shape Options.

    screenshot of the Format Shape interface in Word for macOS
  9. Click the Effects icon, which is the middle option.

    screenshot of the Effects menu in Word for macOS
  10. Click 3-D Rotation so its corresponding options become visible.

    screenshot of the 3-D Rotation options in Word for macOS
  11. Set the X Rotation to 180.

    screenshot of mirrored text in Word for macOS
  12. You should now see a mirror image of the contents within your text box.

  13. You may also notice your text box now has a shaded background, which may not be something you want. To remove this shading, click the Fill & Line icon, represented by a tipped-over paint can and located in the Shape Options tab, click Fill so its accompanying options become visible, then click No fill.

How to Flip an Image in Word for Windows

  1. To get started, open a new Word document or continue working in an existing one.

  2. Select Insert > Text Box.

    a screenshot of the Insert ribbon in Microsoft Word for Windows
  3. When the pop-out window appears, select Draw Text Box.

    a screenshot of the Text Box interface in Microsoft Word for Windows

    To mirror images, text, or WordArt, these contents should first be placed within a Text Box. 

  4. Select and drag to create a text box within the body of your document. It can be resized later if needed.

    a screenshot of an empty text box in Microsoft Word for Windows
  5. Type and format your text, if applicable, within the newly-created text box.

    a screenshot of a populated text box in Word for Windows

    You can also insert shapes, WordArt or images at this point via the same methods you would use without a text box.

  6. Once your text box contents are ready, right-click the box so its context menu appears, then select Format Shape.

    a screenshot of the text box context menu in Word for Windows
  7. The Format Shape interface should now be displayed to the right of your document’s contents. Select Shape Options.

    a screenshot of the Format Shape interface in Word for Windows
  8. Select the Effects button, which is the middle option that resembles a pentagon.

    A screenshot of the Shape Options tab in Word for Windows
  9. Select 3-D Rotation so its corresponding options become visible.

    A screenshot of the 3-D Rotation settings in Word for Windows
  10. Set the X Rotation to 180.

    A screenshot of mirrored text in Word for Windows
  11. You should now see a mirror image of the contents within your text box.

  12. You may also notice your text box now has a shaded background, which may not be something that you want. To remove this shading, click the Fill & Line icon, represented by a tipped-over paint can and located in the Shape Options tab, then select Fill > No fill.