When you insert an image in a Google Doc, sometimes, you might need to flip it in some way to make it look right. But don’t worry, Google Docs has plenty of built in tools for flipping images so you can easily flip your image inside Google Docs without needing to use any other website or app.
Prefer to watch a video about how to flip an image in Google Docs? Click here.
When you’re talking about flipping an image, there are actually two different ways you might want to do it.
There’s rotating an image where you can flip the image upside down or on one of its sides. Or, you might actually want to mirror the image so that everything in it is facing the other way as though you’re looking at it in a mirror.
Fortunately, both of these are quite easy to do in Google Docs. So first off, I’m going to show you how to rotate an image in Google Docs, but if you want to mirror your image instead, click here to skip down to where I show you how to do that.
How To Rotate An Image In Google Docs
To rotate an image in Google Docs, all you need to do is click on your image so that it’s selected, and then click on the little circle just above the image, and drag it either left or right to rotate the image left or right.
As you begin to drag, you’ll see a blue outline giving you a preview of how much you’ve rotated the image.
So just keep dragging until you see that the outline is flipped the way you want the image to be rotated, and once you’re happy with it, just let go of the mouse and you will see your rotated image!
This whole process is a little hard to explain in words, so if this doesn’t quite make sense, I would recommend watching the video so that you can see me do it in real time.
But that’s essentially all there is to it, you just drag the image by the circle until it’s rotated the way you want. You can even rotate it to be on an angle if you like:
Mirroring an image in Google Docs is a bit more difficult than rotating an image, but it’s still pretty easy to do.
You actually have to insert the image into a Google Drawing (don’t worry, you won’t have to draw anything), and then insert the Google Drawing into the Google Doc. But you can do this all from within Google Docs very easily.
To do this, just right click on the image you want to mirror (two finger click on a trackpad).
And then, in the menu that appears, click “Cut”.
I know this seems scary because now your image will have disappeared, but don’t worry, we’re going to get it back in a second.
Now, with your cursor in the place where the image was, click on “Insert” in the menu across the top of the screen…
Then, in the menu that appears, hover over “Drawing”…
And in the smaller menu that appears next to that, click “New”.
Now, a box will appear on the screen to create a drawing, but instead of drawing anything, just right click somewhere in the empty space (two finger click on a trackpad), and in the menu that appears, click “Paste”.
Now, the image that you had in your Google Doc, will be in the Google Drawing ready for you to mirror. The way you mirror an image in Google Drawings is quite weird, but it’s pretty easy to do and get’s the job done.
Just click on the blue square on the right hand side of the image…
And drag it towards the left side so that the image is very tall and skinny.
Now, click on the blue square on the left side of the image…
And drag that beyond the right side of the image until the grey outline becomes the rough shape that the image originally was.
Now, when you let go of the mouse, the image will be mirrored!
You might need to adjust the shape a little bit by dragging the sides in or out to get it to look just right. But once you’re happy with it, you can go ahead and click the “Save and Close” button in the top right corner to insert the mirrored image into your Google Doc.
And that’s all there is to it! Now you will have a mirrored image in your Google Doc!
So, whether you wanted to rotate or mirror your image in Google Docs, you now know how it’s done.