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Flip Shapes in PowerPoint for the Web

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


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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.

Select shape to flip in PowerPoint for the Web
Figure 1: Select the shape

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

Follow these steps to flip shapes in PowerPoint for the Web:

  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. Drag to flip the shape
    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. Drag on the other side to flip a shape
    Figure 3: Continue dragging on the other side
  8. 2. Flip with Commands

  9. To flip, select the shape to activate the Shape tab on the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 4, below. Within the Arrange group, click the Rotate button to access the Rotate drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 4. Choose either Flip Vertical or Flip Horizontal, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
  10. Flip options in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 4: Flip options within Rotate sub-gallery
  11. Figure 5, below, displays the selected shape flipped horizontally. Compare with Figure 1, shown previously on this page.
  12. Shape flipped horizontally in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 5: Teardrop 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 6, below.
  14. Use flip commands to create patterns in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 6: 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 7, below. Do note that all three shapes are different, and comprise a pentagon, a star, and a teardrop.

Multiple shapes selected for flipping in PowerPoint for the Web
Figure 7: 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 7, previously on this page.
  2. Now, you can use any of the two techniques explained on this page to rotate the shapes independently of each other. You can see the result, as shown in Figure 8, 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. Flip multiple images at the same time in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 8: 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 7, 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 9, below. Compare with Figure 7, shown previously on this page, where these shapes were not grouped.
  3. Shapes are grouped and ready to be flipped
    Figure 9: Group of shapes to be flipped
  4. Now, please use one of the two techniques detailed on this page to rotate the grouped shapes in unison. You can see the result, as shown in Figure 10, below.
  5. Group of shapes flipped in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 10: 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 11, below. To do so, press the Ctrl + Shift + G keyboard shortcut.
  7. Flipped shapes ungrouped in PowerPoint for the Web
    Figure 11: 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:

06 01 05 - Basics About Shapes: Flip Shapes in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 365 for Mac
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
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Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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