How Do I Rotate a Picture in Google Docs?

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Google Docs, Slides and Sheets all have basic picture editing features, including rotation options. If you're working in Google Docs or Slides, you can rotate pictures on the page without leaving your document, but this feature is not available in the Sheets app. If you want to rotate an image in Sheets or prefer not to work on the page in Docs or Slides, use the Google Apps drawing tool to insert and edit your picture.

Rotate on the Page in Docs and Slides

  • Select your picture and a blue border will appear around it with squares on its corners and lines. Select the blue circle connected to the central square on the top border and drag it to the right or left to rotate the picture. As you drag, the app shows the degree of rotation. If you want to use fixed rotation movements, hold down the "Shift" key before you drag the handle to rotate in 15-degree increments.

Rotate in the Drawing Tool

  • Select "Drawing" from the Insert menu and use the Image button to upload your picture. Select the blue rotation circle at the top of the picture and drag it left or right to rotate. If you can't see the circle, drag the picture down the page. If you hold down the "Shift" key as you drag, you can move the image a fixed 15 degrees at a time and, if you right-click on the picture and select "Rotate," you have 90-degree and flip rotation options. Select "Save & Close" to insert the picture.

Alternative Picture Editing Options

  • You can also resize, add borders and crop images in Google Docs. The Image Options menu allows you to recolor and adjust transparency, brightness and contrast. These features appear as menu options when you select a picture on the page or in the drawing tool.

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