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(A-Z) Change Text Direction (Rotate, Flip or Mirror) in Word

Changing text directions means rotating or flipping text in all directions. If you want to change the text in any direction, It does not need to have any meaningful purpose. You can change it anytime, in any direction.

Flipp Text: Turning the current text face horizontally or vertically is called flipping text.

Rotate Text: Moving a text left or right in a circle around an axis is called text rotation.

But is it possible to change the direction of text in a word?

Yes! it is possible. But we know that the text is usually not 90% twisted. But can we rotate or flip the text in a Word document? We know how to rotate or flip a shape or a picture but not the text in MS Word. Rotating the text in MS Word is not an easy task but it can be done with a small effort. Let’s see how?

In this post, you can learn 3 methods to change text directions such as rotate, or flip. These are explained underneath.

Method-1: How to Change Text Direction

In this method, you will learn how to change text direction in word without a text box in Word.

Convert Text to Enhanced Metafile to Rotate or Flip

Before changing the text direction, must do the following:

Type and select the text that you want to rotate or flip
Then press “Ctrl + X” or click “Cut” on the “Home” tab in the “Clipboard group
Click the drop-down arrow of the “Paste” and then select “Paste Special
Selecting, cutting and launching paste special dialogue box
Selecting, cutting and launching paste special dialogue box
On the “Paste Special” dialogue box, select “Picture (enhanced metafile)
Then click “OK”.
Selecting enhanced metafile
Selecting enhanced metafile
Now make sure the meta text is in the selection or select it (for Picture Tools Picture Format” tab)
On the Picture Tools Picture Format” tab, in the “Size” group, click “Crop
Now reduce the rectangle size around the meta text and convert it to text size. Then press Enter
Cropping metafile
Cropping metafile
To move text freely in the document, make sure the text selection is, then select any position in the “Arrange” group on the “Picture Format” tab
Select any position to move metafile freely
Select any position to move metafile freely
And then click the meta text to select it
Now you can rotate or flip the text in any direction you want using the direction symbol above the meta text.
change text direction in Word
change text direction in Word
These can also be rotated or flipped through other options by using the mouse. Let’s see below how to do these too.

A. How to Rotate Text:

We already know what it means to twist text. But do not know how to do it, so let’s do it now.

Rotating text in Word
Rotating text in Word
After converting text to enhanced metafile, go to the “Picture Format” and click “Rotate“, and then select one of the rotation options.

B. How to Flip Text:

After converting text to enhanced metafile, go to the “Picture Format” and click “Rotate“, and then select one of the Flipping options.

(B) 1. Flip Text Upside Down in Microsoft Word

To flip text upside down in Microsoft Word after converting text to enhanced metafile, go to the “Picture Format” and click “Rotate“, and then select the “Flip Vertical” option.

Flipping text upside down
Flipping text upside down
(B) 2. how to mirror text in word 2021 and 2022

To show the text as mirror text after converting text to enhanced metafile, do the following:

Mirror Text in Word
Mirror Text in Word -how to change text direction in word from left-to-right
Duplicate the meta-formatted text and move one text right to another.
Go to the “Picture Format” and click on “Rotate“, and then select “Flip Horizontal“.
Now your text is changed to mirror text.

How to Stretch Text:

After converting text to enhanced metafile, do the following:

Stretching Text
Stretching Text
Make sure your meta text selection
Hover over the mouse pointer on any circular point (circles points locate on the text selection lines around the text) around the text
Click and hold down the left mouse button and move up or down, left or right, or move horizontally or vertically to stretch the text.

Method 2: How to Rotate, or Flip (Mirror) Text in Word

On the “Insert” tab, in the “Illustrations” group, click “Shape
Then select “Text Box” under “Basic Shapes
Type the text in it
Now you can change the text direction in the way you want. Or follow directions given in steps A to (B) 2.

Method-3: How to Flip, (Mirror) or Rotate Text in Word

On the “Insert” tab, in the “Text” group, click “Text Box
Then select one of the shape formats you want to insert
Type the text in it
Now you can change the text direction in the way you want. Or follow directions given in steps A to (B) 2.

You can also do the following:

1. change text direction in google docs, excel, word table, PowerPoint for both Win and Mac.

FAQ:

What is flipping text in MS Word?

Turning the current text face horizontally or vertically is called flipping text.

What is Rotating Text in Microsoft Word?

Moving a text left or right in a circle around an axis is called text rotation.

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