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OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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Rotating a picture

Writer does not provide a tool for rotating a picture; however, there is a very simple workaround:

  1. Open a new Draw or Impress document.
  2. Insert the image you want to rotate. You can use any of the mechanisms described in Adding images to a document, although there are some slight variations in the position of the menu entries and icons.
  3. Select the image, then in the drawing toolbar (shown by default at the bottom of the window in Impress and Draw), select the Rotate icon Image:RotateIcon.png.
  4. Rotate the image as desired. Use the red handles at the corners of the picture and move the mouse in the direction you wish to rotate. By default the picture rotates around its center (indicated by a black crosshair), but you can change the pivot point by moving the black crosshair to the desired rotation center.
  5. Image:Tip.png To restrict the rotation angle to multiples of 15 degrees keep the Shift key pressed while rotating the image.
  6. Select the rotated picture by pressing Ctrl+A, then copy the image to the clipboard with Ctrl+C.
  7. Finish by going back to the location of the Writer document where the image is to be inserted and pressing Ctrl+V.

OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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