How to Flip an Image in Google Docs?

The need to add images in Google Docs is unavoidable. If you add photos, it puts a better presentation for your projects, presentations, or similar. However, often the text you add along with is less readable, or the images could be more visually appealing. In such a scenario, you would want to flip the image in Google Docs to correct the orientation, but doing so in advanced photo editing apps is a problem that could be solved. Here’s where Docs has the feature inbuilt. I have mentioned the ways about how you can do it.

How to Flip an Image in Google Docs?

There are several steps to flip an image in Google Docs, and I have described each aptly. So before beginning, decide which photo of your doc you wish to flip!

Note: While you would think you didn’t see the feature, it is hidden. Besides, the feature was introduced after 2021.

1] Open a Document

Open the document to which you want to attach the image. If you have recently opened it or want to create a new one, you’ll find your document on the Google Docs homepage.

Open Google Docs

2] Insert Drawing

So after opening the document, click the Insert tab from the toolbar, select Drawing from the drop-down menu, and New from the sub-menu.

Select and Insert Your Drawings

3] Choose the Image

After you’ve selected the New option, you’ll see the drawing section. Click the Image icon from the toolbar.

Select Image Options

4] Drag/Upload Image

After clicking on the image icon, you’ll see the image selection window. Now, choose the images and upload them by dragging them from the location and dropping them to the destination (here, the Drawing section).

Choose Images from Folders

Note: If you select from Drive option in Step 2, you can upload the image from Google Drive, and device files won’t appear.

The image will be aligned in the way listed below.

Save and Continue

5] Navigate to Actions

Head to the toolbar, click on actions and see a dropdown menu.

Click Actions from Toolbar

6] Hover to Rotate

Go to the rotate option; four options appear in the submenu.

From Dropdown Menu Tap Rotate

7] Flip Horizontally/Vertically

Here comes the main part: out of the four options, you see about the Flip horizontally and vertically. Now this part depends upon how you want to flip the image. Flipping an image horizontally, also known as a mirror image, flips it side by side. Whereas flipping an image vertically flips it upside down, what we know as a water image.

Choose the desired option; I proceeded with Flip Horizontally for a mirror effect.

Flip Images Horizontally

8] Save the Image

Your image is flipped, click Save, Close the Document, and viola!

Alternate Method: Cut the Image to a Clipboard and Upload

When you already have the image in the document you are working on, then too you can flip the image. Thus, it will save you time from the peculiar problem of extracting the image and then uploading it for flipping.

  • Right Click on the Image and select Cut from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can also go for the Ctrl+X shortcut.Press Ctrl+X to Cut
  • Follow Steps 2 and 3 from the first method.
  • Right-click in the Drawing section and choose Paste or use the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut.Paste the Image in Drawing Section
  • Repeat steps 5 to 8 from the first method.

Thus, you have flipped the image which already existed in the document.


Google has some basic image formatting options but needs some advanced ones. While most of you have problems flipping images inside the Doc, you would have searched for how to flip images in Google Docs. Fortunately, the feature is now available with integrating the Drawing section in Docs. Follow this article, and you can Flip and edit images in your documents easily!

Shruti G
Shruti is a passionate content creator and expert in tech and ergonomics. With an acute attention to detail and a natural curiosity, Shruti is a master observer who is always keen to learn about the world around her. She has honed her skills in writing, editing, and proofreading.


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