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Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to flip shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Flipping can help you create mirrored replicas of shapes, both horizontally and vertically.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






When you insert a shape within a PowerPoint slide, you can resize and rotate as already shown in previous tutorials on using shapes in PowerPoint. Quite similar to rotate is the flip option that creates a reverse or mirror image of any selected shape. Follow these steps to apply these flip options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select the shape so that the eight blueish white handles appear around the selection, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Select the shape
    Figure 1: Select the shape
  3. Now select any of the side handles (side handles are square unlike the corner handles, which are round) and drag towards the other end of the shape (see Figure 2).
  4. Drag towards the other end of the shape
    Figure 2: Drag towards the other end of the shape
  5. Keep dragging beyond the shape on the other side to flip the selected shape, as shown in Figure 3.
  6. Drag on the other side to flip a shape
    Figure 3: Drag on the other side to flip a shape
  7. 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.
  8. Hold the Ctrl key to flip the shape from the center Hold the Ctrl key to flip the shape from the center
    Figure 4: Hold the Ctrl key to flip the shape from the center
  9. 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 gallery (see Figure 5 again). Choose either Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal (highlighted in red, refer to Figure 5).
  10. Flip options under Rotate gallery
    Figure 5: Flip options under Rotate gallery
  11. Figure 6 displays the selected shape flipped horizontally.
  12. Shape flipped horizontally
    Figure 6: Shape flipped horizontally
  13. You can make copies of your selected shapes, and then flip them differently to create a pattern as shown in Figure 7.
  14. Use flip to create patterns
    Figure 7: Use flip to create patterns

See Also:

Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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