How to Rotate a Picture in Google Slides

Have you ever added a picture to your slideshow, only to discover that it’s upside down or sideways? This is fairly common and, luckily, it’s something that you can fix in Google Slides without needing to use another application.

Our guide below will show you how to select a picture in your Google Slides presentation and rotate it to the desired orientation. There are a couple of default rotation options that you can choose from, as well as an additional formatting menu where you can specify a degree of rotation if the 90 degree default increments aren’t what you need.

How to Turn, Tilt, or Flip a Picture in Google Slides

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will work in other desktop browsers like Firefox and Edge, too.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com and open the Slides file containing the picture you wish to rotate.

Step 2: Select the slide with the picture from the column at the left side of the window, then click on the picture once to select it.

select the picture to rotate

Step 3: Click the Arrange tab at the top of the window.

click the Arrange tab

Step 4: Choose the Rotation option, then select the desired amount of rotation.

choose the desired amount of rotation

If you would like to rotate your picture by a different amount, you can instead click the Format options button in the toolbar above the slide while the picture is selected.

Google Slides picture Format options

You can then click the Size & Position tab in the column at the right side of the window.

select the Size and Position tab

Then finally you can enter the desired rotation amount under the Rotation section of the menu.

custom picture rotation amount in Google Slides

A final, less-precise way of rotating an image in Google Slides is to click and hold the small blue circle that appears above the picture when it’s selected, then drag the mouse to rotate the image.

click on anchor and drag mouse to rotate picture

Do you need to add one slide from your presentation to another file, such as a document? Find out how to download a single slide as a picture so that it can be used or shared in the same manner as any other image.