How to Make an Upside Down Question Mark on Microsoft Word

By Filonia LeChat

Although Microsoft Word handles text and all of its characters just like any other word processing program, the software shows its limitations against desktop publishing programs that allow features such as upside-down text. While Word doesn't have any kind of keystroke to provide upside down text, users will find a quick workaround does the trick. Use upside-down text for writing items such as questions in Spanish, or just to add an off-kilter element to your next Word document.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Text Box" tab on the ribbon.

Step 2

Select the first option, "Simple Text Box," and it is inserted onto the document.

Step 3

Click into the placeholder text and type a question mark. The rest of the placeholder text is deleted.

Step 4

Resize the box to fit just the question mark by dragging its right end in toward the question mark.

Step 5

Click the text box's border to open the new orange "Text Box Tools" tab and ribbon at the top of the screen. Click the "Shape Fill" button and select "No Fill." Click the "Shape Outline" button and select "No Outline." You are left with just the question mark, but it is still right-side up.

Step 6

Click the question mark to re-open the text box it is still in even though the box is not visible. Click on and twirl the small green dot in the box's top center. Twirl 180 degrees until the question mark is upside down, then click off the text box onto the Word document.