How to Rotate PDF Pages for Free

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How to Rotate PDF Pages for Free
Use the free Adobe Reader to rotate PDFs. (laptop image by Angie Lingnau from

Sometimes when you receive Portable Document Format (PDF) files, either by downloading them from the web or an e-mail, the text is facing sideways, making it quite difficult to read. Fortunately, you can easily rotate the pages without having to spend any money on PDF software. Adobe Reader is a popular PDF reader that is free to download from the Adobe website and allows you to rotate pages in 90-degree intervals. The page rotation is temporary, so the next time you open the same PDF, you will have to re-rotate the pages. The only way to save the changes is to instead use the full version software, Adobe Acrobat.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Reader

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  1. 1

    Download and install the free PDF reader, Adobe Reader (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Launch Reader on your computer.

  3. 3

    Click "File," then "Open." Browse through your computer files to select a PDF you want to open. Click "Open."

  4. 4

    Scroll to the page you want to rotate.

  5. 5

    Click the "View" menu. Select "Rotate View," then choose either "Clockwise" or "Counterclockwise."

  6. 6

    Keep selecting one of these options until you achieve the view you want. This will rotate the entire document. If only certain pages are turned the wrong way, scroll to the other pages and rotate them back to the original view.

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