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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 is needed!

Your PDF pages can be turned quickly and for free, using the Smallpdf Rotate PDF tool. As a matter of fact, we have the most prominent tool for this, as you can import scanned PDFs, PDFs converted from other file formats (which can also be done with Smallpdf), or ones received from another party—we rotate it all!

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. “Apply Changes” and modify further, if needed.

  4. Download your rotated scanned PDF.

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How do you rotate a scanned PDF file? Quite easily actually.

Rotate Scans Offline


A desktop application has been developed to take this task offline for Pro users. To do this, open your PDF with our desktop app, right-click on the thumbnail of the page and select “Rotate 90°,” and then the process is pretty similar to the online counterpart. If you’re a free user, you can stick to the online version of Smallpdf.

The offline app was created to help those that either don’t have internet access at all times or have restricted access, such as being on a work network, for example. Either way, a free 7 day trial to our online platform can be created for those with short term projects—meaning you don’t have to pay for a hefty priced PDF software such as Adobe Acrobat to rotate PDF pages.

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.

In doing so, it merges all the select pages into one single document. The thumbnail view also allows the re-arrangement as well as the deletion of individual pages. Even when you have permanently rotated your PDF, our online tool is always online, 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