PowerPoint makes simple object rotations very easy.
If you don’t need to be precise
You can use an object’s rotation handle to drag an object around its middle. When you like what you see, release the mouse button and you’re done.
If you need a common angle
If you need more precision than eyeballing it, you can use several tools that let you quickly get common angles:
To rotate to 15° increments, press the Shift key while you drag with the rotation handle. In this way, you can reotate to 0, 15, 30, 45, 90 degrees — and so on. That is often enough.
For a 90° rotation, left or right, select the object and click the Format tab that appears. Click Rotate in the Arrange group and choose Rotate Right 90° or Rotate Left 90°.
If you need a specific, uncommon angle
But what if you need a 62° angle? Or a 13° angle? It’s common in technical presentations to need angles like this. Yes, you might use a technical drawing tool like AutoCAD and import the drawings as a picture. You can even import as a WMF, which you can ungroup and turn into PowerPoint objects, I discuss this process in another post, “Create clear, iconic illustrations in PowerPoint with (gasp!) clip art.”
But you can get exact angles in PowerPoint, following these steps:
- Select the object and click the Format tab that appears.
- Click Rotate in the Arrange group and choose More Rotation Options. In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, you’ll be in the Format Shape dialog box, with the Size item displayed. In PowerPoint 2013, you’ll be in a task pane, with the Size item expanded.
- Enter the desired rotation in the Rotation text box and press Enter. In PowerPoint, positive rotation is clockwise. You can enter a negative number to rotate counterclockwise.
- Close the task pane or dialog box.
Here’s an example of an object at a 70° rotation.