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Mirroring an image is useful if you want to print a photo in a flipped perspective. Thankfully, Microsoft’s suite of applications can help. Here’s how to flip an image in a Microsoft Word document.

To mirror an image in Microsoft Word, open the Word document that contains the image (or insert the image by clicking Insert > Pictures) and then click the image to select it.

Selected image in Microsoft Word

Next, on Windows, right-click the image and, from the context menu, select “Format Picture.” On Mac, you can also use the Command+Shift+1 keyboard shortcut.

Format picture option in image context menu

You’ll now be in the “Effects” tab of the “Format Picture” pane, which appears to the right of the window. Here, click the arrow next to “3-D Rotation” to display its contents.

3-D Rotation option

Next, change the “X Rotation” degree to “180” by typing it directly in the text box or by pressing the up arrow to the right of the text box. Pressing the up arrow increases the degree in increments of ten.


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Once the X Rotation is set to 180 degrees, the selected image will be an exact mirrored copy of the original image.

Mirrored image

You can also manually mirror an image by clicking the image to select it and then clicking and dragging the right handle to the left.


This second method may be quicker than the first, but it’s difficult to get the image to an exact 180 degrees this way.


Mirroring an image isn’t the only photo editing tool Microsoft Word provides. You can also remove backgrounds from images, place text over a graphic, and more.

Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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