How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Office gives you the ability to create stylized text. Let’s see how you can quickly reverse or mirror text in a few steps.

Mirror text or reversed text isn’t something you would think of using in a professional Microsoft Word document. But this feature could have interesting cosmetic applications. Maybe you want to make a drop cap letter more interesting or want to design a prettier printable invite with a horizontal flip of the text.




We will show you how to do this in Microsoft Word in the steps below.


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How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word

You do not get to click a single button to reverse text in Microsoft Word. Instead, you have to take the help of the Text box and the Format Shape controls to flip text around. These steps work across Office 365 and other Office tools like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

Format Shape

  1. To insert a text or even a single letter, go to Insert > Text Box. Now, type your text and then format it.
  2. With the box selected, right-click the box and click Format Shape.
  3. The Format Shape panel is displayed on the right. Click on the pentagon icon for Effects.
  4. Under 3-D Rotation, in the X Rotation box, enter “180 degrees” to mirror the text. You can also set other rotations as 0 degrees and the Y Rotation to 180 and make the text mirrored and flipped upside down.
  5. As a finishing touch, select the text box shape and set Shape Fill to “No Fill” and Shape Outline to “No Outline”.
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Mirror Text

Some simple style effects to the text in Microsoft Word can make them stand out. But do keep in mind the purpose of the document before you start formatting the text.

Making Your Documents More Interesting

Playing around with text is just one way to make your Microsoft Word documents a little more interesting. The more you know about how to use Microsoft Word, the easier it is to create impressive documents and snazzy printables.

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