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Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 365 for Windows

Learn how to flip shapes in PowerPoint 365 for Windows. Flipping can help you create mirrored replicas of shapes, both horizontally and vertically.

The shape on your slide looks perfect. However, if you feel like your slide design is a little too same-old, one way to change it up is to flip your shapes! This simple change can give your design a whole new look while still staying on brand and within the bounds of your slide content. So next time you're looking for a quick refresh, try flipping your shapes.

Of course, you can rotate any shape. Think of it this way - when you rotate a shape, you're just turning it in another direction without changing its structure. But when you flip the shape, you're creating a mirror image in another direction, or even turning it upside-down. These changes can give you some new perspectives on your work. We will use the Teardrop shape, as shown in Figure 1, below, as a perfect example for flipping.


Figure 1: Select the shape

As we explain on this page, you can flip shapes in three ways. We also look at flipping multiple shapes at the same time.

Follow these steps to flip shapes in PowerPoint 365 for Windows:

  1. Select your shape so that eight white handles appear around the selection, as shown in Figure 1, above.
  2. Next, choose any of these rotation options:
  3. 1. Flip Manually

  4. Select any of the side handles, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, shown previously on this page. Then, drag towards the other end of the shape, as shown in Figure 2, below.

  5. Figure 2: Drag towards the other end of the shape to flip
  6. Just keep dragging it beyond the shape on the other side, as shown in Figure 3, below.

  7. Figure 3: Continue dragging on the other side
  8. Alternatively, you can hold the Ctrl key and drag any of the side handles towards the other end of the shape, as shown in Figure 4, below. This action will flip the shape from the center, as shown in Figure 4 on the right side.

  9. Figure 4: Hold the Ctrl key to flip the shape from the center
  10. 2. Flip with Keyboard Shortcuts

  11. OK, there is no real keyboard shortcut in PowerPoint to flip shapes. However, you can flip shapes using a slightly longer keyboard sequence. To do so, press the Alt + H keys together, let go of those two keys and then press the G, O, and V keys in quick succession, one after the other. This keyboard sequence will cause the shape to flip vertically.
  12. To flip horizontally, press the Alt + H keys together, let go of those two keys and then press the G, O, and H keys in quick succession, one after the other.
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    3. Flip with Commands

  14. To flip, select the shape to activate the Shape Format tab on the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 5, below. Within the Arrange group, click the Rotate button to access the Rotate drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 5. Choose either Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5.

  15. Figure 5: Flip options within Rotate drop-down gallery
  16. Figure 6, below, displays the selected shape flipped horizontally. Compare with Figure 1, shown previously on this page.

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

  19. Figure 7: Use flip commands to create patterns



Flipping Multiple Shapes

There will be times when you'll need to flip multiple shapes around, either independently or in relation to each other. So, what do you do in such scenarios? Let's understand this objective better with an example. Let's say you have three shapes on your slide, as shown in Figure 8, below. Do note that all three shapes are different, and comprise a circle, a star, and a teardrop.


Figure 8: Multiple shapes selected

Let us now flip these shapes, either on their own or in relation to each other.

Flip Multiple Shapes, Independently

Rotating shapes independently in PowerPoint is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Select all shapes, as shown in Figure 8, previously on this page.
  2. Now, you can use any of the three techniques explained on this page to rotate the shapes independently of each other. You can see the result, as shown in Figure 9, below. Please note that when you are flipping multiple shapes manually, you are using the side handle of any one shape and all selected shapes get flipped at the same time.

  3. Figure 9: Multiple shapes flipped independent of each other

Flip Multiple Shapes, Relative to Each Other

So, you want to flip things up a bit, not just with the shapes themselves, but also the spacing, direction, and angles between the shapes. To achieve this objective, you'll need to follow these steps to flip multiple shapes relative to each other in PowerPoint:

  1. First, select all shapes, as shown in Figure 8, previously on this page.
  2. Now, you need all shapes to behave as if they were one object. In other words, you need to group the multiple shapes selected. To do so, press the Ctrl + G keyboard shortcut. All shapes will now sport a single selection handle, as shown in Figure 10, below. Compare with Figure 8, shown previously on this page, where these shapes were not grouped.

  3. Figure 10: Group of shapes to be flipped
  4. Now, please use one of the three techniques detailed on this page to rotate the grouped shapes in unison. You can see the result, as shown in Figure 11, below.

  5. Figure 11: Grouped shapes flipped
  6. After you've rotated your shapes, you can either keep them grouped together or you can ungroup them and work with each shape individually, as can be seen in Figure 12, below. To do so, press the Ctrl + Shift + G keyboard shortcut.

  7. Figure 12: Flipped shapes ungrouped
  8. Save your presentation often.

Flipping Slide Objects Other than Shapes

The techniques explained on this page are not limited to shapes and can be used to flip anything that can be selected on a PowerPoint slide. However, there may be some rare exceptions. As a rule of thumb, though, these methods should work in most cases. These flipping techniques are generally universal and will usually work in other Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel as well.


See Also:

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