How To Flip An Image In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to flip an image in google docs.

How To Flip An Image In Google Docs

Google Docs allows you to create great documents that can be enhanced with pictures. While Google Docs makes it easy to position and resize images, there are some actions that may seem difficult to perform.

For example, sometimes you may need to flip an image that you’ve placed in Google Docs. What should you do if you have an image of an arrow pointing to the left that you want to flip so it points to the right?

Flipping an image in Google Docs is actually very simple and can be done in a few quick steps. This method involves using the Drawing tool to access the tool’s built-in rotation options.

In this guide, we will show you exactly how to flip an image in Google Docs, either horizontally or vertically.

How to Flip Images Horizontally or Vertically in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to flip images horizontally or vertically in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, select the image you want to flip.

In this example, we want to flip the image of a car so that the front of the car is facing right.

Step 2

Use the Cut shortcut (Ctrl + X for Windows and Command + X for Mac) to copy the image to your clipboard and simultaneously removing the image from the document.

Step 3

Click on Insert > Drawing > New to access the Drawing tool.

Step 4

The Drawing tool will open as a pop-up dialog box over your current document. The tool contains a toolbar and a blank checkered canvas for you to use to add and modify graphical content.

Paste the copied image into the drawing canvas using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V on Windows or Command + V on Mac.

Step 5

Right-click on the pasted image and select your preferred option under the Rotate menu.

Users can choose to either flip the image horizontally or vertically.

Step 6

Click Save and Close to insert the flipped image into the document.

Step 7

You can also choose to flip the image vertically as well.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to flip an image in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own.