Applying a 3-D rotation effect to an object

Applying a 3-D predefined rotation effect

Word offers you several 3-D predefined rotation effects.

Select the object.

In the Format tab, click the Shape Effects button then point to the 3-D Rotation option.


Among the predefined 3-D rotations proposed, choose the one to apply to the object.

Applying a 3-D custom rotation effect

If none of the predefined 3-D rotations suits you, you can create your own 3-D rotation effect.

Select the object.

In the Format tab, click the Shape Effects button, point to the 3-D Rotation option and then click 3-D Rotation Options.

In the Format tab, you can also click the images/13i10.png button from the Shape Styles group, then click the images/13i122.png icon in the Format Shape pane.

Make sure that the 3-D Rotation category is expanded.

If the 3-D custom rotation must be created from a predefined 3-D rotation, select it in the Presets list.

In this case, the options display the settings for the predefined 3-D rotation that you have selected. Of course, you will be able to edit those options.

To modify the object’s rotation, change the X, Y and/or Z values by entering them in the X Rotation, Y Rotation and Z Rotation fields or by using the associated buttons.

If need be, modify the 3-D rotation’s perspective with the Perspective buttons.


If the object contains text, and you do not want the 3-D rotation to apply to the text, check the Keep text flat option; by default, this option is unchecked.

If need be, modify the object’s position compared ...