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5 Ways to Rotate PDF (Updated for 2021)

2021-08-19 13:58:23 • Filed to: How-To • Proven solutions

Sometimes, PDF pages accidentally get scanned upside down or rotated incorrectly, meaning you need to rotate PDF pages to correct their orientation. But how do you rotate a PDF file? Don't worry - we're about to introduce a great PDF editing tool- PDFelement helps you rotate PDF easily in Windows with five different methods.

How to Rotate PDF with PDFelement

PDFelement is the tool for organizing pages, editing, converting, data extraction, form handling, security, signing, reviewing, and so on. The tools are also highly intelligent. Here are 5 solutions to rotate PDF using PDFelement. Follow the steps below and you will find that rotating PDF has never been easier.

Method 1: How to Rotate PDF by Thumbnail

Step 1. Load PDF

After launching PDFelement, you can drag and drop a PDF document into the program window to open it directly. Or you can click the "Open files" button in the window to select and open a PDF document in your local folder.

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Step 2. Rotate PDF

After opening the PDF document, click the "Thumbnail" menu icon on the left-hand side to display it. To rotate one PDF page, right-click that page in the thumbnail view and select the "Rotate Pages" option, and then select the direction you would like to rotate the page.

If you want to know how to rotate all pages in PDF files, click on the first page in the Thumbnail view, then hold the "Ctrl+Shift" keys and scroll the slider on the thumbnail display to the bottom and click on the last page. Once you do this, all pages will be selected. Right-click the selected page or individual pages, and choose the "Rotate Page" option.

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Once you select the "Rotate Page" option, the "Rotate" window pops up, allowing you to select the orientation you would like to rotate the page, and you can also choose the page range that you would like to perform this rotation on. Finally, click "OK" to finish rotating.

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Method 2: How to Rotate PDF by Right-clicking Page

After opening the PDF file in PDFelement, right-click anywhere on the page and choose the "Rotate Pages" option. You can then set the page ranges as required and rotate one page or all pages in PDF. It is quite easy to use.

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Method 3: How to Rotate PDF Using the Page Menu

After opening the PDF file, go to the "Page" tab, then select a single page or hold the "Ctrl" key to select multiple pages at the same time, choose the "Rotate left" or "Rotate right" option to rotate the selected page(s).

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Method 4: How to Rotate PDF by Hotkeys

After opening the document in PDFelement, you can press the "Alt" key. This lets you view all the hotkeys for the ribbon bar. Press "G" on your keyboard to continue, and then press "T+L" or "T+R" keys to rotate the currently selected page to the left or right.

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Method 5: How to Rotate PDF by Shortcut

This method involves using shortcuts to rotate a PDF. While viewing a PDF document, press the "Ctrl+Shift+L" keys or "Ctrl+Shift+R" keys to rotate the current page to the left or right.

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Further Edit PDF after Rotating Pages (Optional)

After rotating pages in your PDF file, if you want to edit the content within the PDF document as well, PDFelement enables you either to edit PDF text or edit PDF images easily.  For the text, it allows you to change the text font, color, font size, add superscript or subscript, align texts, adjust word space or line space, and also rotate text paragraphs. Regarding the image, you can also rotate it, and change the opacity of the image, clip the image, delete or replace the image. In a word, you can not only rotate the PDF page,but also you can rotate the text and images.

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What's more, you may need to merge PDF pages as well as rotate them. You can choose to either rotate all pages in the same direction first, then merge them into one document, or to merge multiple PDF documents into one PDF document, and then rotate this PDF file so all the pages are in the same direction. Learn more about how to merge PDF documents.

Save Rotated PDF

After rotating, editing, or merging your PDF as desired, you can go to the "File" tab to select the "Save As" button and save it as a new PDF document. These are the only steps about how to rotate PDF and save.

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Video on How to Rotate PDF

Rotating PDFs is just one function that PDFelement can assist you with. It has a host of features that combine to create the perfect PDF editing experience. You can either choose to rotate one page in PDF or rotate the entire PDF document with PDFelement. This video gives you a more direct and detailed guide on how to rotate PDF pages. 


How to Rotate PDF in Adobe

Step 1. Open PDF in Adobe Reader

Right-click your PDF file to open it with Adobe Reader. Or you can launch Adobe Reader first, click the "File" > "Open" button to choose your PDF file to be opened.

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Step 2. Rotate PDF Pages

After opening your PDF file, click the "View">"Rotate View">"Clockwise" or "Counterclockwise" to rotate the page views. Then the PDF pages will be viewed in the way that you rotated them, these are the steps about how to rotate PDF in Adobe.

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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.

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