How to Flip the Text in a Word Document

By James Rutter

If you're trying to produce a greeting card, brochure or place card, you can "flip the text" in your document to either print text running from left-to-right on one half of the page and from right-to-left on the other or print text in both directions vertically. Then after you print the page, you can fold it into the card, brochure or place card. Unfortunately, Microsoft's Word won't let you flip the text directly. However, according to the Word MVP website, you can flip text in MS Word by using one of two workarounds.

Use Tables to Flip the Text Vertically

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word by clicking "Start" and then highlighting and clicking "Word" in your list of programs. Press the "CTRL" and "O" keys simultaneously to open an existing document, if applicable.

Step 2

Re-orient the page layout to "Landscape." Click the "Page Layout" tab in the top menu bar of Word. Click the down arrow under the "Orientation" icon and then highlight and click "Landscape."

Step 3

Create a two-cell table in your document. Click the "Insert" tab in the top menu bar of Word. Click the down arrow beneath the "Table" icon and then click "Insert Table." Input "2" for the number of columns and "1" for the number of rows. Check the box next to "Fixed Column Width" and set that value to "Auto." Press "OK" to insert the table into your document.

Step 4

Enlarge the table to match the size of the page or item you want to create. For instance, if you wish to use the entire page to make a greeting card, click on the lower border of the table and then drag it downward until it fills the entire page. If you wish to make something smaller, like a place card for a table at an event, drag the border of the table downward to the desired size.

Step 5

Remove the borders from your table. Click anywhere inside the table and then click the "Table Tools" tab in the top menu bar of Word. Click the "Design" tab under "Table Tools" and then click the down arrows next to "Borders." Click on "Borders and Shading" and then click "None" in the application window that appears.

Step 6

Set the text direction of each cell in your table. Right click on the left-hand cell and then highlight and click on "Text Direction." Click the image that represents vertically ascending text and then click "OK." Right click on the right-hand cell and then highlight and click on "Text Direction." Click the image that represents vertically descending text and then click "OK." You will now have a page split into equal halves, where each half runs the text in the direction opposite the other.

Flip Text with Custom Pictures

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word by clicking "Start" and then highlighting and clicking "Word" in your list of programs. Press the "CTRL" and "O" keys simultaneously to open an existing document, if applicable.

Step 2

Enter text that you wish to flip by typing it or copying and pasting it from another source (such as a PowerPoint, Web page or another Word document).

Step 3

Cut and re-paste the text as a picture. Highlight the text you wish to flip and then press the "CTRL" and "X" keys simultaneously. Click the "Home" tab in the top menu bar of Word and then click the down arrow under the "Paste" icon. Highlight and select "Paste Special" and then select "Picture" and click "OK."

Step 4

Set the picture as "Floating." Click anywhere on the picture of the text you created in Step 3. Click on the "Picture Tools" tab in the top menu bar and click the "Format" tab. Click the down arrow underneath the "Text Wrapping" option and then select any one of the four options other than "In Line With Text." This step will allow you to move the image within your document.

Step 5

Flip the image of your text. Click on the image, click on the "Picture Tools" tab and then click the "Format" tab underneath it. Click the down arrow underneath the "Rotate" icon and click "Flip Horizontal" to make the text run right-to-left.