Rotate Text 180° within Shapes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to rotate text 180° within a shape in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
If you have worked aplenty with text in PowerPoint, you must be aware that you cannot rotate text within a shape by 180°. What's surprising is that you can rotate text by 90° and 270° within a shape, but not by 180°!
Look at the graphic that you see towards the left in Figure 1, below. Notice that this
graphic contains four Teardrop shapes. Now if you were to rotate individual Teardrop shapes so that they can
form a flower, then you will end up with something similar to the middle graphic within
Figure 1 -- clearly the text within the shapes needs to be rotated as well. That's easier
said than done! We rotated the text but were only able to successfully rotate text for 2 Teardrop shapes (90° and 270°).
And one of the Teardrops was fine to start with -- so only the Teardrop shape highlighted in
red within the righmost graphic of Figure 1 has a problem! In
this tutorial, we'll show you a step by step procedure that will allow you to rotate text 180° within
a shape in PowerPoint 2013.
Figure 1: Sample shapes show various text rotation
Follow these steps to learn more:
- Insert a shape on the slide -
for this tutorial we choose a Teardrop shape (see Figure 2). Also, type in
some text within the inserted
shape, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Text within a Teardrop shape
- Now, right-click the shape and from the contextual menu, select the Format Shape option
to open the Format Shape
Task Pane, as shown
Figure 3. Within the Format Shape task pane, make sure you select the
Text Options tab (highlighted in red within
Figure 3). Then, within the Textbox option (highlighted in
blue within Figure 3), select the
Text Direction down-arrow and select the Rotate all text 90°
option (highlighted in green within Figure 3) from the
Figure 3: Format Shape Task Pane
Note: Learn more about the text direction options in our Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial - explore step 2B.
- This will Rotate the text within your shape to 90°, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Text rotated to 90°
- Now, flip the shape horizontally - to do that, access the Arrange drop-down menu and choose
the Rotate | Flip Horizontal option, as shown in Figure 5.
Learn more about flipping shapes in our
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
Figure 5: Flip shape horizontally
- Figure 6 below shows the shape after it has been flipped horizontally.
Figure 6: Shape flipped horizontally
- Select the shape and rotate the shape to 90° - to do that access the Arrange
drop-down menu and choose the Rotate | Rotate Right 90°option,
as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Shape rotated to 90°
- This will rotate the text within the shape to 180°, as shown in Figure 8.
Figure 8: Text within shape rotated to 180°
- Save your presentation often.
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