4 Ways to Rotate A PDF Easily for Free (2020)


Sometimes you may receive a PDF file that someone else sends to you, but the orientation of the file is wrong, which makes you so inconvenient for you to read. Or you upload a PDF file by scanning, but accidentally get scanned incorrectly, causing the file to be rotated 90 degrees or 180 degrees. This is also a problem for reading. And now, we need a PDF Editor to help us rotate the entire PDF file, or some of the pages inside the PDF file, so that we can permanently or temporarily save the PDF file in a correct orientation for reading.

Rotating a PDF file is just a convenient way to assist you with. If you just want to read it temporarily, you can rotate the orientation with the help of a PDF Editor. If you don't save the changes, then your source file will not be changed. However, if you need to change the orientation permanently, then you just have to save it. Let's see how to rotate a PDF file using the ways below we have found for you.

Adjusting the orientation of the entire PDF file or selected pages is not difficult, but we can't do it without professional tools. So how to choose a suitable tool? We chose according to the following points:

Functionality - The tool can support two rotation modes. One is for the entire PDF file, the other is for selected pages. Some tools only allow users to rotate the entire file but not the pages, which is so confusing and impractical.

Output quality - If you just read the file temporarily, you don't have to think about the output quality. But if you need to save this file permanently, then you have to consider this factor. Because some PDF editors have bad output quality, which will make the images in the file become unclear and so on.

File limitation - Because some PDF editors provide free services, in order to guarantee the output quality, there will be some restrictions on the file size. You need to check before using it.

Method One - How to Rotate PDF to All Orientation with EasePDF

The most recommended method is using EasePDF Online PDF Editor. This is also the quickest and easiest way to adjust the orientation of your PDF files. You can select to rotate the entire PDF file, or just rotate the selected pages.

Step 1. Go to EasePDF and select Rotate PDF.

Step 2. Then you have three ways to upload files. You can click the Add File(s) icon to access files from your local computer or other devices. Or you can upload files from Dropbox and Google Drive which icons are below the "Add file(s)" button. To be convenient, you can also drag and drop the file into the table.

EasePDF Rotate PDF

Step 3. Now you can select whether you need to rotate the whole file or just some pages. If you want to just rotate the whole file, click on the All Left and All Right icons which are next to the "Rotate PDF" button. If you want to rotate multiple pages, just click on the page, and you will see the rotate icons. Click on the icons to make changes of the orientation.

EasePDF Rotate PDF Settings

Step 4. Make sure you have finished all the rotation, and click on Rotate PDF. Then download your edited PDF file.

EasePDF is more than a PDF Editor, it is also a PDF Converter which can convert PDF to other formats. Meanwhile, other formats can be converted to PDF. The tools provided by EasePDF are all free to use. Users do not need to register and log in, and they do not need to pay. Besides, EasePDF will automatically delete all the loaded files within 24 hours after the editing or conversion to maximize users' information security.

Method Two - Rotate PDF Pages with Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Acrobat Pro is also very popular and is recognized as a top offline software that specializes in PDF processing. Users can not only convert but also edit PDF files. However, if you are using it for the first time, you may not find the entrance to the Rotate PDF, because Adobe now puts Delete PDF, Insert PDF, Extract PDF and Rotate PDF together, called Organize Pages.

Step 1. Go and install Adobe Acrobat Pro. Then open this program.

Step 2. Select Organize Pages. Then upload your PDF file.

Adobe Acrobat Pro Organize Pages

Step 3. Here you can decide how many pages and what kinds of pages that you can rotate. Select the pages that you need to change the orientation and click the rotate icons. You can just click on the pages that you want to rotate. Besides, you can also insert pages or delete pages, or add pages number in Organize PDF.

Adobe Acrobat Pro Rotate Settings

Adobe Acrobat Pro More Settings

Step 4. Save your PDF file. Go and click on Save which is placed together with the "Print" and "Email" icon. A rotated PDF file will be downloaded to your device.

Since Adobe Acrobat Pro is a paid program, you need to think about whether you need to purchase their services. If you are not sure, you can apply for a 7-day free trial first. Adobe Acrobat is more suitable for business.

Method Three - How to Rotate A PDF File with Google Docs

Google Docs is equivalent to the online Microsoft Office Word, which is very popular and recognized by people from all around the world. It is a very handy tool for people who like to work online. Not only can you convert the file format, but you can also edit it online. So how do you know how to use Google Docs to rotate your PDF?

Step 1. Go to Google Docs and open your PDF file.

Step 2. Click on the Print icon, but when you see the pop-out window, select Cancel and go back to your PDF. Now you are in another viewer to read your PDF file.

Google Docs Print

Step 3. Now use your keyboard. Press "Ctrl+[" and "Ctrl+]" to respectively rotate your PDF to left and right for reading.

Google Docs View

If to say Google Docs is a very powerful tool, then powerful tools also have drawbacks. Its disadvantage is that it cannot save the rotated file. That is, you can temporarily adjust the direction of the file you want to read and you can add comments while reading, but you can't save it permanently. If you need to save the rotated PDF file, maybe you can try EasePDF.

Method Four - Rotate PDF Easily with PDFsam Basic

Another desktop program we want to mention here is PDFsam Basic. This software is very user-friendly. Considering that people may need to compress PDF files, the compression function is placed in the additional options of each tool. Users can directly compress the PDF file after they rotate the files, so that they can avoid uploading the files again. So, if you need it, you can compress it and then save it after adjusting the file/pages orientation.

Step 1. Go and install PDFsam Basic, then open it.

Step 2. Click on Rotate PDF on the homepage.

Step 3. Now you can upload your PDF file to PDFsam. But you can't see all the pages like the above three methods. Conversely, you can only see how many pages your file has. You will have three page modes (All pages, Even pages and Odd pages) and three rotation angles (90 degrees clockwise, 180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise) to select.

PDFsam Rotate PDF

Step 4. Click on Output settings > Hide advanced settings to compress your PDF.

PDFsam Advanced Settings

Step 5. Click Run to save your rotated PDF file.

But there are not so many tools provided by PDFsam Basic for free. There are only a handful of tools can be free to use, including Split PDF, Merge PDF, Rotate PDF and so on. The rest of the tools are charged. So you can use this tool selectively.

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