Powerpoint 2010 slideshows are typically improved when you add media elements, such as images. However, many people that create or edit images for use in Powerpoint presentations are accustomed to editing their images in a different program, such as Microsoft Paint. While an image editing program is still necessary for more advanced edits, there is actually a lot of simple edits that you can perform from directly within Powerpoint. We have previously detailed how to flip an image in Powerpoint 2010, but you can also learn how to rotate an image in Powerpoint 2010. This makes it simple to give the proper orientation to an image that is not facing the correct way for your slideshow needs, while also giving you the opportunity to see how the rotated image looks in its’ correct place in the presentation.
Rotating Powerpoint 2010 Images
The basic rotation options that Powerpoint 2010 offers you will only rotate the image by 90 degrees at a time, in either direction. But you do have the opportunity to specify a rotation amount that is not a multiple of this 90 degree option. Therefore, you can follow the directions below to get your image to the position that you need for your presentation.
Step 1: Open the presentation in Powerpoint 2010 that contains the image you want to rotate.
Step 2: Click the slide that contains the image to be rotated.
Step 3: Right-click the image, then click the Rotate drop-down menu.
Step 4: Click the Rotate Right 90 or Rotate Left 90 option if you want to rotate the image by that amount, or click More Rotation Options if you want to specify a different amount of rotation.
Step 5: Type an amount for the rotation into the Rotation field at the top of the window, then press the Enter key on your keyboard to apply that rotation amount to the image.
Note that the value in the Rotation field will always be relative to the original position of the image. For example, if you then returned to the Rotate drop-down menu and chose the Rotate Right 90 option, then that 90 degree rotation would be added or subtracted from the existing value in the Rotation field.
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