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How Do You Rotate a Scanned PDF for Free?

by Hung Nguyen

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Smallpdf has the most popular Rotate PDF tool to turn pages within any PDF file, including scans. No registration or software installation needed!

It’s the stuff of nightmares: You just finished scanning a document that’s too large for its own good, only to find out that a single pesky page was upside down. Before you resign yourself to the idea of starting from scratch in that stuffy copy room, check out the Smallpdf Rotate PDF tool. This little guy can save you a lot of time and frustration. Whether you need to rotate a single page or the whole document, Smallpdf’s got you covered!

How To Rotate a Scanned PDF File Online

  1. Drag and drop your PDF into the Rotate PDF tool.

  2. Hover over the page to rotate individual pages, or rotate all pages left or right.

  3. You can also rotate all pages left or right.

  4. Hit “Apply Changes” and modify your file further, if needed.

  5. Download your rotated scanned PDF.

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Can it really be that easy, can it really be free? Yes, and yes. Our mission is to make PDF easy for everyone. What started out as a simple PDF compression tool is now a whole suite of converters, PDF editing, and PDF signing tools to help you get your work done faster and remove unnecessary frustrations from your life.

Rotate Scans Offline


We realize that not every file can be uploaded willy-nilly. There may be company regulations or confidentiality reasons preventing you from using an online service. That’s why we’ve developed a desktop application to rotate scanned PDFs offline, available to Smallpdf Pro users. To do this, open your PDF with our desktop app, hover over the thumbnail version of a page, and click on the circular arrow. It’s pretty much the same thing as with the online version of our Rotate PDF tool. If you want to rotate all pages at the same time, head on over to the “Pages view”, select all pages, and rotate them with the arrows.

If you want to give the desktop app a try, but aren’t ready to commit to a Smallpdf Pro account, we offer a free 7-day trial to our online platform. You’ll get unrestricted access to all Smallpdf Pro features, including the desktop app, no strings attached!

How To Rotate Multiple Scanned PDFs


This function essentially combines multiple tools into one. Select “Rotate PDF” from our homepage, drag as many of your scanned PDFs into the toolbox, and rotate the pages 90 degrees, 180, or 270.

When you do this, our tool merges all files you uploaded into one single document. The thumbnail view also allows you to rearrange and delete individual pages. Even when you have permanently rotated your PDF, our online tool is always there, readily available for you to re-rotate them. And lastly, for further modification, the Edit PDF tool has plenty of mini-tools to highlight, comment, and redact content—for all of your PDF needs.

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How to batch rotate multiple scanned PDFs online.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf