3 Ways to Rotate PDF (Updated for 2023)
Sometimes, you can PDF pages in the wrong orientation, meaning you need to rotate PDF pages to correct their orientation. But while you can rotate a PDF file in Adobe Reader, Chrome, Firefox, etc., you can't save the rotated page permanently. This article will show you how to rotate a PDF permanently with Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor, Adobe Acrobat, and an online tool.
How to Rotate A PDF and Save
PDFelement is the tool for organizing PDF pages, editing, converting, signing PDFs. The tool is highly intelligent, allowing you to rotate one page, certain pages, or all pages in a PDF document. You can rotate the PDF pages sideways or upside down by 90°, 180°, and 270°.Follow the steps below and you will find that rotating PDF has never been easier.
Step 1. Load a PDF document
After launching PDFelement, you can drag and drop a PDF document with pages in the wrong orientation into the program window to open it directly. Or you can click the "Open files" button and open a PDF document in your local folder.
Step 2. Rotate PDF Pages
After opening the PDF document, clcik the "Organize" tab, where you can rotate, split, crop, delete or add PDF pages.
To rotate only one page in PDF, select that page and click the "Rotate left" or "Rotate right" option to rotate this one page to the right direction.
To rotate certain pages in PDF, press the CRTL button and select the pages you want to rotate in the PDF file, click the "Rotate left" or "Rotate right" button on the top to change the page orientation.
To rotate all pages in PDF, click the Rotate button, which will open the Rotate PDF dialog. Select the right rotation direction, choose All pages, and click Apply to rotate all pages in the PDF file.
Step 3. Rotate PDF Pages and Save
Finally, click the "Save" button to save the change. Now the PDF pages are rotated permanently.
How to rotate PDF with shortcut
When viewing a PDF document in PDFelement, you can quickly rotate PDF with the default shortcut. By pressing Ctrl+Shift+-, you can rotate PDF pages to the left; press Ctrl+Shift++ to rotate PDF pages to the right. If you want to change the shortcut to rotate PDF, go to File > Preferences to reset the hotkeys.
Explore more features of PDFelement
After rotating pages in your PDF file, if you want to edit the content within the PDF document as well, PDFelement enables you smartly edit and organize PDF files.
- Edit PDF text: Change the text font, color, font size, align texts, rotate text box, adjust word space or line space.
- Edit PDF images easily. Rotate images in PDF, and change the opacity of the image, clip the image, delete or replace the image.
- Merge PDF pages as well as split pages. Merge multiple PDF documents into one PDF document, delete or add new pages, crop PDF files and more.
- Convert PDF to Word, Excel, PPT, images or vice versa.
- Add comments and annotations, sign PDF or send documents to collect signatures.
- Summarize, translate, proofread or ask PDF with AI
How to Rotate PDF in Adobe Reader
With the free Adobe Reader, you can view a PDF file and rotate pages clockwise or counterclockwise while reading it, but the rotated pages can't be saved. To rotate a PDF file and save, you need a full version of Adobe Acrobat.
Step 1. Open PDF in Adobe Acrobat
Right-click your PDF file to open it with Adobe Acrobat. Click the "File" > "Open" button to choose your PDF file to be opened.
Step 2. Rotate PDF Pages in Adobe
After opening your PDF file, click the "Tools">"Organize Pages," select all the pages in the PDF that need to be rotated and click the counterclockwise or clockwise rotation buttons to rotate the pages.
However, this method cannot help you permanently rotate PDF. When you close and reopen the PDF document, the PDF pages will be not be rotated again. So if you want to permanently rotate PDF, please refer to the above five methods to rotate PDF with PDFelement easily.
How to Rotate PDF Online Quickly
An easy way to rotate a PDF is by using PDF rotator online, which requires no software installation. However, most online PDF rotators can't handle a large PDF file well and as a free user, the number of files you can upload is limited.
Here we'll show you how to rotate PDF online by using HiPDF.
Step 1. Upload a PDF online
Open HiPDF PDF rotator online, click Choose File to upload a PDF file. This will open a new Rotate PDF page
Step 2. Rotate a PDF file online
To rotate only 1 page in PDF, select a page and click the Rotate button on the top right corner to change the page orientation. To rotate multiple pages or all pages in PDF, go to the right panel, choose All pages or enter page number of certain pages, and select Rotate Left or Rotate Right.
Click the Rotate button to begin the rotation. You can download the rotated PDF file back to your device afterward.
FAQs about Rotating PDF without Adobe
How to rotate PDF in Google Drive
Here is a trick to rotate PDF permanently online. That is by printing the PDF in Google Drive. Upload and open a PDF file to Google Drive, click Print in the preview mode. And in the printing window, rotate the PDF pages and click Download to save the change. Read more on how to rotate PDF in Google Drive.
How to rotate PDF in Adobe Reader using shortcut key
You can use shortcut key to quickly rotate a PDF page when viewing it in Adobe Acrobat. To rotate PDF clockwise, use Shift+Ctrl+Plus; to rotate counterclockwise, use Shift+Ctrl+Minus.
How to rotate a picture in PDF
PDFelement can not only rotate PDF pages, but also rotate picture, text box and other elements in PDF. Learn more at how to rotate image in PDF.
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