How to Flip Text in Adobe InDesign CS5

Adobe InDesign allows you to create complex textual designs, such as flyers or magazine layouts. InDesign offers two basic types of text: regular text and text-on-a-path, which allows regular text to adhere to a specified path. Both types of text may be flipped horizontally or vertically, but text-on-a-path may also be flipped to change the direction of the type.

Creating Text

  1. The text tool resides on InDesign's left-hand tool panel and is identified by an uppercase "T." To access the Text-on-a-Path tool, you simply click and hold the regular text tool to expand the selection. These tools are also accessible by pressing "T" for the text tool or "Shift-T" for the Text-on-a-Path tool. To create the text, you simple click and drag to create a text box or click a path before typing your text.

Selecting Text

  1. The selection tool resides at the top of InDesign's tool panel, or you can press "V" after exiting the text box to select it. Clicking any text allows you to select the entire text box or path. Holding the "Shift" key when clicking allows you to select multiple text boxes or paths. The option to flip text will be applied to any selected text.

Flipping Horizontally or Vertically

  1. The option to flip text appears after you right-click any selection. Selecting "Transform" from the right-click menu displays the options to "Flip Horizontal" or "Flip Vertical." When you flip multiple selections, they are treated like a single object and flipped in relation to each other. As as example, when flipping horizontally, text that appeared on the right will appear inverted on the left.

Flipping Text-on-a-Path

  1. Flipping Text that follows a path can be accomplished by dragging your mouse. When you hover your mouse pointer over the center of the text, the pointer changes to include an upside-down "T." When you see this pointer change, you can click and drag your mouse to make the text flip.