How to flip text in Microsoft Word

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How to flip text in Microsoft Word
Flipping text in a Word doc. (Getty editorial images)

If you are creating a report cover or other document, mirrored or flipped text can add interest and draw attention to it. Microsoft Word does not have a way to format text so that it is flipped upside down, turned sideways or mirrored. However, there is a method you can use that gives the appearance of flipped or mirrored text. You can create a graphic image that resembles text and use it to create the look of mirrored text or text that has been flipped.

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  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Word. If you are using Word 2003, make sure the drawing toolbar is open. If it's not, click the "View" menu, select "Toolbars" and choose "Drawing." Click the "Word Art" button in the drawing toolbar. In later versions of Word, go to the "Insert" menu and select "Word Art" from the Text group.

  2. 2

    Select the Word Art object that looks most like the text you want to use and click "OK." Type over "Your Text Here" with the text that you would like and click "OK." Change the font and font size to match your document.

  3. 3

    Click the Word Art object to select it. In Word 2003, click the "WordArt Shape" button on the Word Art toolbar. In later versions of Word, click the "Format" tab under "WordArt Tools." Select the straight line shape.

  4. 4

    Click the Word Art object again to make sure it is still selected. In Word 2003, click "Draw" on the drawing toolbar. In later versions of Word, select the "Format" tab under "WordArt Tools."

  5. 5

    Click "Rotate or Flip" in Word 2003. In later versions of Word, click "Rotate" in the Arrange group. Click "Horizontal" or "Vertical" to flip the text.

Tips and warnings

  • These steps can also be used in Microsoft PowerPoint, Publisher and Excel.

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