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Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to flip and rotate picture fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. This is super useful if you want to flip the picture fill without flipping the container shape.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






In PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, it is easy to flip and rotate a picture on your slide (see Figure 1, below).

Picture flipping is easy and quick in PowerPoint
Figure 1: Picture flipping is easy and quick in PowerPoint

However this same flipping process can be a little tricky when it comes to using a Picture fill within a shape. Look at the example shown in Figure 2, below. The shape on the left is the original Teardrop shape with a picture fill. In our attempt to flip the picture, we tried flipping the container shape. The result is that the picture does get flipped, but so does the shape, as shown on the right.

Original and flipped versions of shape with a picture fill
Figure 2: Original and flipped versions of shape with a picture fill

But what if we wanted to just flip the picture within the shape to end up with a result, as shown towards the right in Figure 3, below? How do you do that?

Original and flipped versions of just the picture fill
Figure 3: Original and flipped versions of just the picture fill

Note: Although the following steps only explain how to flip a picture fill for a shape, you can use the techniques explained hereafter when you want to rotate picture fills as well. Just substitute flipping with rotation.

Follow these steps to learn how to flip and rotate picture fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. We assume that you already have a shape with a picture fill, as shown towards the left within Figure 3 above. Select the entire shape and copy it to the Clipboard by pressing the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut.
  2. Now, paste the copied shape (press Ctrl + V) anywhere within the slide or even on a new slide. Then change the copied shape (in our case, that's a Teardrop) to a Rectangle by applying the Crop to Shape option. You'll end up with something similar to what's shown in Figure 4.
  3. Copy of the shape changed to a rectangle
    Figure 4: Copy of the shape changed to a rectangle
  4. Flip the rectangle horizontally to end up with what you see in Figure 5 (compare with Figure 4, above).
  5. Rectangle flipped horizontally
    Figure 5: Rectangle flipped horizontally
  6. Copy the flipped rectangle (press Ctrl+C) so that it is now available on your Clipboard.
  7. Now, right-click the Teardrop shape, within which you want to use the flipped picture fill. From the contextual menu that appears, choose the Format Picture option, as shown in Figure 6.
  8. Format Picture option
    Figure 6: Format Picture option
  9. This brings up the Format Picture dialog box that you see in Figure 7. Here, select the Fill option (highlighted in red within Figure 7) in the sidebar, and click the Picture or texture fill radio button (highlighted in blue within Figure 7). Now, click the Clipboard button (highlighted in green within Figure 7).
  10. Format Picture dialog box
    Figure 7: Format Picture dialog box
  11. This fills the Teardrop shape with the content on the Clipboard, i.e. the flipped picture, as shown in Figure 8.
  12. Shape filled with flipped picture
    Figure 8: Shape filled with flipped picture
  13. Use the Crop to Fill option so that the picture sets properly within the shape, as shown in Figure 9.
  14. Picture fill flipped within the shape
    Figure 9: Picture fill flipped within the shape
  15. Compare the picture shown in Figure 9 with the before and after states of the same picture shown within Figure 3, previously on this page.
  16. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Flip and Rotate Picture Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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