Rotate Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn how to rotate shapes approximately and accurately in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
Date Created: November 25th 2010
Last Updated: December 21st 2010
Normally you may want to add a shape to your PowerPoint slide and then resize it and/or rotate it. Like most other things, rotation can be applied in more than one way -- follow these steps to get started:
- Select the shape so that the green rotation handle shown in Figure
1 is visible. Click the green handle so
that your cursor changes to the circular arrow shown again in Figure
Figure 1: Select the shape
- Now drag the green handle towards the right or left to
rotate around the center of the shape, as shown in Figure
Figure 2: Drag the green rotation handle to rotate the shape
- Hold the Shift key and drag the green handle to rotate in 15 degree
increments. At every 15 degree increment, you will find that the
shape snaps into place -- thus if you rotate rightwards through four
15 degree snaps, you would have rotated your shape by 60 degrees.
You can also rotate by holding the Alt key, and then pressing either the Left or Right arrow keys to rotate the shape in 15 degree increments clockwise/counterclockwise.
- To rotate the shape in 90 degree increments select the shape. This
activates the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon (see Figure
3). Within the Arrange group, click the Rotate button to access
the Rotate gallery (see Figure 3 again). Choose either
Rotate Right 90o or
Rotate Left 90o (highlighted in red, refer to Figure
3). To rotate any shape by 180 degrees, click any of these Rotate
Figure 3: The Drawing Tools Format tab includes Rotate button.
- Within the Rotation gallery (refer to Figure
3 above) you can click More
to bring up the Format Shape dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.
Change the Rotation option to any value
from -3600o to
3600o or type a zero rotation value to restore the original
placement of the shape. Now the question that arises is why does PowerPoint
let you do a 3600 degree rotation at all -- my guess is that this
has nothing to do with mere rotation since a full rotation is only
360 degrees -- and 3600 degrees would suggest 10 rotations!
Figure 4: Format Shape dialog box
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