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How To Rotate a PDF in Google Drive Temporarily and Permanently

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Google Drive is a popular and highly used online cloud storage service. This service provides free online storage space for various types of media files. This makes it easier to access files anywhere and at any time, irrespective of their device. You simply need a browser to access your files on your Google Drive account. Due to its ability to sync documents in an account, Google Drive is becoming an important collaboration service.

Suppose you organized your PDF pages and saved them on Google Drive, then you realize that some pages or all the pages are facing the wrong direction. This is common, especially when the pages were created from a scanner. The quick fix to this mayhem is to rotate your PDF pages on Google. However, rotating PDF pages in Google Drive is not as easy as you think. Fortunately, this article simplifies everything for you if you want to rotate a PDF in Google Drive temporarily and permanently.

How To Rotate a PDF in Google Drive Temporarily

Sometimes, you just want to rotate a PDF only when viewing it and not permanently. This means you rotate the PDF to desired orientation when viewing, but it automatically reverts to the original orientation when you exit that PDF file on Google Drive. The following steps show how to rotate a PDF in Google Drive temporarily.

Step 1. Using a suitable browser, navigate to Google Drive and find the PDF file you want to rotate. Double-click this PDF file to preview it.

Step 2. When the PDF file opens in preview mode, go to the window's top-right corner and click the "Print" icon.

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Step 3. When the print preview window opens, right-click at any position and choose either the "Rotate Clockwise" or "Rotate Counterclockwise" options.

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Your PDF file will rotate depending on your selection. Most browsers have the same steps and support this functionality.

Tips: If your browser doesn't support this method, you can try using a different browser and see the difference.

How To Rotate a PDF in Google Drive Permanently

Rotating a PDF file every time you want to view it on Google Drive is time-consuming and inconvenient. Therefore, rotating the PDF permanently on Google Drive is a sure fix. Even if you exit the page, the orientation remains the same and does not revert to the original orientation. However, you will need to recreate your PDF file and save it as a new PDF file. Here, we use the Print option to recreate the PDF and then re-upload it to Google Drive. The following steps show how to rotate a PDF in Google Drive Permanently.

Step 1. When you open your PDF in the preview window and rotate it as explained in the temporary section, click the "Print" icon at the top-right.

Step 2. In the "Print" dialog box, click the "Destination" drop-down arrow and select the "Microsoft Print to PDF." Once satisfied, click the "Print" button.

Note: Ignore the second print preview's orientation.

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Step 3. Now select the desired destination folder to save your rotated PDF file. Open the PDF file and check that it is in the right orientation.

Step 4. Upload the rotated PDF file to Google Drive to replace the old version.

Tips: If the Microsoft Print to PDF option is unavailable, install it on your system first.

How To Rotate a PDF Offline With Third-Party Software?

Rotating PDF on Google Drive has several drawbacks, and there is no better fix than using a dedicated third-party tool. Free of bias, the best third-party tool to rotate a PDF is Wondershare PDFelement.

What is Wondershare PDFelement?

Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor is a powerful all-in-one PDF tool that allows users to rotate PDF pages with ease and speed. This program is equipped with excellent features that seamlessly transform how you interact with PDF files. With Wondershare PDFelement, you can rotate target pages or the entire PDF file to the desired orientation. Furthermore, you can split, delete, rotate, crop, rearrange, insert, and extract one or multiple pages in your PDF file. The beauty of Wondershare PDFelement is that it is compatible with nearly any device and supports all file formats. Again, this program supports batch processing. This saves both time and energy when processing files one at a time.

How To Rotate PDF Pages on Windows?

Wondershare PDFelement for Windows allows users to rotate desired PDF pages effortlessly. The process is simple, and you don't need to hire an expert to rotate PDF pages on Windows via PDFelement. The steps are illustrated below.

Step 1 First, run PDFelement on your computer and upload the PDF file you want to rotate its pages. When the PDF file is successfully uploaded, navigate to the toolbar and click the "Page" tab.

Step 2 From the secondary menu, enter the pages you want to rotate in the field provided. Click the orientation icons displayed beside the page numbers field depending on your need. You can rotate clockwise or anticlockwise until the pages face the desired orientation. Alternatively, right-click the target page on the left thumbnail and select the "Rotate" option.

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If you want multiple pages, simply hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard as you select the target pages.

Step 3 Now that you have rotated the target PDF pages, you need to save your file so that the changes you have made are not discarded. Simply head to the "File" menu, then choose the "Save" or "Save As" option. Your rotated PDF file should be saved.

How To Rotate PDF Pages on Mac?

Wondershare PDFelement for Mac offers an intuitive and seamless platform to rotate desired single or multiple PDF pages. This program gives you more flexibility and makes it easy to meet your needs. You can rotate odd, even, portrait, landscape, and all pages to whichever orientation you like. The following steps illustrate how to rotate PDF pages on Mac with PDFelement for Mac.

Step 1 Run PDFelement for Mac on your PC and upload the PDF file you want to rotate. When the PDF file is loaded, click the "Organize Pages" button at the top left of the window.

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Step 2 On the next screen, click the "Rotate" button at the top of the page. Select the page you want to delete or multiple pages depending on your need. To select multiple pages, hold the command key on the keyboard while clicking the target PDF pages. Alternatively, you can select the desired pages on the thumbnail panel at the left.

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Step 3 Click the rotate button to choose the desired orientation. When you are satisfied with the selections that you have made, click the button at the bottom to confirm the selections and rotate your PDF pages. If you used the thumbnail, right-click the desired page and select the "Rotate" option.

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How To Rotate PDF Pages on iPhone/iPad?

Wondershare PDFelement for iOS allows users to rotate PDF pages on their iPhone/iPad. The process is easy; anyone, including newbies, can rotate their PDF files without problems. The following steps illustrate how to rotate PDF pages on iPhone/iPad with Wondershare PDFelemen for iOS.

Step 1 To begin with, double-tap the Wondershare PDFelement icon on your iPhone/iPad to load the program. When the main interface is displayed, select the PDF file that you want to rotate under the "File" section on the main interface.

Step 2 With the PDF file now loaded on PDFelement for iOS, click the "Organize Pages" icon on the right edge of the screen. Upon clicking, all the PDF pages should align on the screen.

Step 3 Select the PDF pages you want to rotate and click the "Rotate" icon at the top of the screen. Check the rotation arrow to rotate your PDF page appropriately. When satisfied, click the "Done" icon to confirm your selections and rotate your PDF pages.

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How To Rotate a PDF Online Free

HiPDF is one of the finest free PDF solution tools on the market. It has plenty of amazing features, making it extremely easy and efficient to rotate PDF pages permanently. This program allows users to rotate the entire PDF file or desired pages and save them online across all devices, including Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS. The following steps show how to rotate PDFs online free with HiPDF.

Step 1. Using a suitable browser, navigate to HiPDF rotate PDF online page. Click the "CHOOSE FILE" button and select the PDF file you want to rotate. Click "Open" to upload it.

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Step 2. Once the PDF file is uploaded, select either the "Page Mode" or "File Mode." If you select the page mode option, choose the desired pages.

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Step 3. When you are satisfied with the selections you have made, click the "Apply" button to trigger the process of rotating your PDF.

Step 4. When the process is completed, click the "Download" button to fetch the rotated PDF file to your device.

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Conclusion

Rotating PDF files in Google Drive is not a walk in the park, especially if you are a newbie. Things can go wrong, and you get stuck. However, it is also not a complicated task. The secret is to have the right guide. While it is possible to rotate PDF pages directly on Google Drive, the process is lengthy and unsuitable for professional or important tasks. Fortunately, Wondershare PDFelement overcomes these weaknesses and gives you a platform to rotate PDF pages professionally. This program is fast, easy to use, compatible with many devices, and affordable. Download Wondershare PDFelement today and take your experience to another level.

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