How to Mirror an Image in PowerPoint

by Breann Kanobi
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Many people spice up their PowerPoint presentation by adding digital images or clip art. If you want to create a new visual effect on one of your slides, turn an image into a mirror image by flipping it vertically or horizontally. This makes it appear as if the image is looking at a reflection of itself. If you only wish to flip one image, and do not want to see two, delete the original image after creating the effect.

Step 1

Click on the Windows "Start" button and scroll to "All Programs" and "Microsoft Office." Select "PowerPoint," and wait for the program to load. Press the "Ctrl" key, while pressing "O" to launch the "Open File" pop-up. Highlight the desired file, and click "OK."

Step 2

Scroll through the slide view until you locate the slide with the image you wish to mirror.

Step 3

Right-click on the image, and select "Copy."

Step 4

Right-click on an empty area of the slide, and select "Paste." Press the "Alt" key and drag the image to the desired location, such as to the right or left. Release the mouse, then the "Alt" key when the image is in place.

Step 5

Click on the "Draw" icon of the "Drawing" toolbar. Scroll to "Rotate or Flip" and select "Flip Vertical." If you wish to create a horizontal mirror effect, click "Flip Horizontal" instead.

Drag the image back into place if the flip caused its position to shift.


  • Mirror effects will not be apparent if the image is symmetrical. For example, if you create a vertical mirror of a heart, it will look identical to the original heart.


  • Mirror effects are most clear with simple, familiar images such as people and animals.


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About the Author

Breann Kanobi has worked as freelance writer since 2010. Kanobi regularly submits content online to Gamer DNA. Kanobi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University in 2010.

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