Did you know that you can flip text inside of Word? It’s true! This feature isn’t super well-known, but it can be an incredibly handy little trick if you know how to use it! Read on to learn more about flipping text in Word, and be sure to leave a comment telling us your favorite way to use this feature!
Step 1) Select your text
Open Microsoft Word and create a new document. Type out the text you want to appear in your mirror image. Highlight the text by clicking and dragging your mouse over it. Click Format at the top of the page and select Text Direction. A drop-down menu will appear. Select Mirror Margins. This will flip your text so that it appears backwards when printed. Save your document and print it out to see your mirror image! When writing this blog post, I was reminded of how quickly kids pick up on these simple tricks that we use as teachers.
Recently, I was working with a first grader who had to type her first name and spell it correctly on the keyboard. She got frustrated because she couldn’t figure out how to get the m letter on her screen, but instead spelled her name like aiyn. When I tried showing her how to press the m key once, then pressing the space bar, she instantly caught on and exclaimed with delight, I got an m! So if you have a child struggling with letters or words, try out the letters or words on their keyboard and see if they can replicate what you’re doing. It may not be as difficult as they think!
Step 2) Go to Layout in the Page Layout tab
In the Page Layout tab, click on Layout. Under Margins, select Custom Margins. In the Margins section, change the setting for Top to 0.5, Bottom to 0.5, Left to 0.75, and Right to 0.75. Click OK when you’re done.
This will give you mirror margins, which will make your text appear as a mirror image when printed. Once again, we can find this handy trick by following the steps in our Quick Tips blog post about how to flip text for a mirror image in word. Simply change the margins of your document so that they are all half of what they currently are. Your document should now be mirrored! If you want it even more pronounced, go back into Layout and uncheck Paper orientation at the bottom left corner of the window. Change Landscape to Portrait or vice versa.
The finished product is shown below.
To reverse it back to normal (not flipped), just follow these same steps but change Top to .25 instead of .5, etc. Then check Paper orientation in the Layout tab under Margins. Change Landscape to Portrait or vice versa. That’s it! You’ve reversed the effect of flipping your text with the previous steps. All the changes you made earlier were reverted except for changing Paper orientation to reflect whether you have a landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) document.
Step 3) Click on the Mirror Margins box
Once you have your document open in Microsoft Word, click on the Layout tab. In the Page Setup group, click on Margins. A new window will pop up. In the Margins tab, click on the Mirrored checkbox under Margins. Then, click OK at the bottom of the window. Your text will now be flipped! You can change the orientation by clicking on the Orientation box and selecting either Portrait or Landscape. If you are left-handed, there is also an option that flips the page layout so that it is right-to-left instead of left-to-right.
You can also use this function if you are using foreign language characters that need to be flipped so they display correctly on screen when you type them out. For example, Spanish sentences would show up as upside down after being typed into a word processor because the words read from top to bottom. By flipping the margins before typing, you can ensure all letters are typed in their correct orientation.
Step 4) Place your cursor where you want the flip to start and end
To flip text for a mirror image in Microsoft Word, you’ll need to use the Text Box feature. Here’s how:
- Place your cursor where you want the flip to start and end.
- Go to the Insert tab and click on Text Box in the Text group.
- Choose Draw Horizontal Text Box from the drop-down menu.
- Draw a text box by holding down the left mouse button and dragging it diagonally until it’s the desired size.
- Type or paste your text into the text box.
- To flip the text horizontally, go to Shape Format > Rotate > Flip Horizontal. 7. To make sure that the spacing is correct, align the bottom of the text box with the sentence below (or if there are no sentences below, with the paragraph).
- Resize if necessary so that there is some space between sentences; otherwise they will run together when flipped (see photo).
- Right-click inside of the text box and choose Select All from Contextual Shapes; then press Delete to remove all formatting except for font and color settings, which will not be reversed when flipping them (see photo).
- Left-click outside of the text box to exit the Text Box command and return to normal view.
- Once you’re done, select both boxes and drag them up onto their respective paragraphs/sentences. 12. Continue typing as usual to finish the sentence or paragraph where it began before starting your new sentence/paragraph at step one. You may need to move the rest of your content over slightly to account for the flipped textbox.
- When you’ve finished, right-click on any white space and select Convert this document to a table from contextual shapes; then click OK in order to convert everything back into regular paragraphs and sentences.
- After converting back, delete any extra spaces that were added by conversion. You may also want to reword some things since those spaces can sometimes change the meaning of sentences slightly. For example, in the following sentence: I don’t have time, she said bitterly. The phrase bitterly would be followed by an apostrophe without an extra space after it. But with the extra space, that line would read as I don’t have time, she said, bitterly.