A few tips for rotating objects and images in PowerPoint

You can rotate an image in PowerPoint freehand using the rotation handle or apply a few of these tips for more exact results.

It's easy to rotate most objects in a PowerPoint slide. Simply select the object and drag the green rotation handle. Getting just the right tilt to your rotation can turn into a dizzy experiment when using this freehand route. Fortunately, there are a few tips that should help you stay in control:

  • Hold down [Shift] while you drag to rotate the selected item in 15-degree increments.
  • On the Format tab, click Rotate in the Arrange group to access fixed rotations, quickly. In PowerPoint 2003, you can click Rotate on the Picture toolbar.
  • Right-click the item and choose Format object. Or, click the Dialog launcher in the Size group on the Format tab. Click Size in the left pane and enter a rotation value in the Rotation control (in the Size section). Enter a positive value to rotate clockwise; a negative value rotates counterclockwise.
  • Setting the Rotation value (above) to 0 will quickly reset the object to its original position. (Much better than fighting with the rotation handle!)
  • You can always undo a rotation by pressing [Ctrl]+Z.
  • Right-click the item and choose Format object. Or, click the Dialog launcher in the Size group on the Format tab. Select 3-D Rotation and change the X value to 180, and click Close to create a mirror image.
What tips have you come to rely on when rotating objects?