How to Get Mirrored Text in a Text Box in Word 2013

Positioning text in a Word 2013 document can be frustrating if that text is part of the regular document body. One way to give yourself more freedom with moving and adjusting your text is to put it in a text box.

Aside from the benefits that a text box affords you in moving your text around the document, you can also apply some interesting effects to it. Our guide below will show you how to mirror the contents of a text box in Word 2013 to help you get the effect that you might need when printing something that is intended to be viewed in a mirror.

Mirror Image Text Box in Word 2013

The steps in this article are going to modify the settings of your text box so that the text is displayed as though it were being viewed in a mirror. These steps will assume that you already have a text box in your document.

How to mirror a text box in Word 2013 –

  1. Open the document containing the text box you wish to change.
  2. Right-click a border of the text box, then click the Format Shape option.
  3. Click the Effects icon in the Format Shape column at the right side of the window. It’s the icon that looks like a pentagon.
  4. Click the 3-D Rotation option.
  5. Click inside the X Rotation field and change the value from 0 to 180.

These steps are also shown with images –

Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.

Step 2: Right-click one of the borders of the text box, then click the Format Shape option. This is going to open a new Format Shape column at the right side of the window.

format text box shape

Step 3: Click the Effects button at the top of the column.

open effects menu

Step 4: Click the 3-D Rotation button to expand a drop-down menu.

expand 3-d rotation drop down menu

Step 5: Click inside the field to the right of X Rotation and change the value in that field to 180.

change x rotation to 180

Now that you know how to get mirrored text in a text box in Word 2013, you can use this technique whenever you need to create a document that needs backward text.

Would you like to modify the direction of text in your text box in a different way? Change text direction in Word 2013 by using another text formatting option available to you.

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