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Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to flip shapes in PowerPoint 2016.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher






The shape on your slide looks perfect. It's got the right color and it works well with your slide content -- yet there's something that could be better? There are times when most slide designers think exactly the same thoughts! And the easiest task you can do to your shape is to flip it. There are other options -- and some of these options depend upon the shape in question. Let's use the Teardrop shape that you see in Figure 1 as an example -- you can resize and rotate this Teardrop shape -- however, even with rotate you are just turning the shape in another direction without making any changes to the shape's structure. The Flip option, on the other hand, lets you mirror your shape in another direction to create a reverse image. Follow these steps to apply the Flip option:

  1. Select your shape so that eight white handles appear around the selection, as shown in Figure 1.

    Select the shape
    Figure 1: Select the shape
  2. Now select any of the side handles (highlighted in red within Figure 1, above) and drag towards the other end of the shape (see Figure 2).

    Drag towards the other end of the shape
    Figure 2: Drag towards the other end of the shape
  3. Keep dragging beyond the shape on the other side to flip the selected shape, as shown in Figure 3.

    Drag on the other side to flip a shape
    Figure 3: Drag on the other side to flip a shape
  4. You can hold the Ctrl key and drag any of the side handles towards the other end of the shape (see Figure 4). This will flip the shape from the center (not proportionately) as shown in Figure 4 on the right side.

    Hold the Ctrl key to flip the shape from the center
    Figure 4: Hold the Ctrl key to flip the shape from the center
  5. To get more exact control over the flip, select the shape to activate the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon (see Figure 5). Within the Arrange group, click the Rotate button to access the Rotate drop-down gallery (see Figure 5 again). Choose either Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal (highlighted in red within Figure 5 ).

    Flip options within Rotate drop-down gallery
    Figure 5: Flip options within Rotate drop-down gallery
  6. Figure 6 displays the selected shape flipped horizontally.

    Shape flipped horizontally
    Figure 6: Shape flipped horizontally
  7. You can make copies of your selected shapes, and then flip them differently to create a pattern as shown in Figure 7.

    Use flip to create patterns
    Figure 7: Use flip to create patterns

See Also:

Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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