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How To Permanently Rotate PDF Files

by Hung Nguyen

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With the Smallpdf Rotate tool, you can align all pages in your PDF document correctly and don’t have to re-scan upside-down pages.

PDFs are everywhere. Almost every scan arrives on your computer as a PDF file. Most documents sent out are saved in this format. The reason for its popularity is that PDFs are easy to save, store, and share. However, when it comes to editing, things may get a bit tricky. Luckily, we have a few tools to help you correct, rearrange, or edit your existing PDF files.

The Smallpdf Rotate tool is highly underrated in comparison to its siblings, the compress and converter tools. It’s often used in combination with our split or merge tools to organize files more efficiently. But when you think about it, there are actually quite a few situations where you may need to flip individual pages or entire documents (think about a scan gone wrong). As such, here are a few highlights to help you get the most out of this lightweight but powerful PDF tool.

How To Rotate Individual Pages in PDF Files

  1. Access our PDF Rotator on our website.

  2. Upload your file via drag-and-drop .

  3. Hover over a page and use the arrows to flip it left or right.

  4. Click “Apply Changes” to permanently rotate PDF pages.

  5. Let our software work its magic and download your file.

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How to rotate one page in a PDF with Smallpdf

With this method, you can easily rotate disoriented pages, which usually happens when you merge multiple PDF files or an individual page of a scan is upside-down. To permanently rotate PDF pages from other files, click “Add More” while you’re in preview mode.

How To Rotate All Pages in PDF Files


The Smallpdf Rotate tool can also rotate every single page in a PDF file at once. Same process, different options on the preview mode. Follow the steps below:

  1. Again, go to the PDF Rotator on our site.
  2. Upload your file into the tool.
  3. Click the “Left” or “Right” buttons to rotate all pages.
  4. Apply the changes and download your rotated file.
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How to rotate all pages in a PDF with Smallpdf

Now you know how to permanently rotate PDF files with Smallpdf. Remember to delete any unwanted pages you may have in your files. Once you’ve applied your changes, you also have the option to use the “connected workflow” feature. On the right-hand side of the results page, you’ll see a list of other tools that could help you with your file. This makes it easy to carry on working on your PDF before downloading it, in case you need to edit or convert it.

How To Rotate a PDF on Mac or Windows?


As Smallpdf is an online PDF software, you can permanently rotate PDF files on any operating system. Mac, Windows, Linux -you name it. All you need is an internet connection. Of course, you can access our platform on any of your favorite browsers, such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari. Alternatively, you can go offline with the Smallpdf Desktop App. This nifty application lets you rotate your PDF pages on your device, even when you’re on –the go without an internet connection.

And if that’s not enough, you’re also not limited to computers. We have a mobile app that’s available on both Android and iOS devices.

What’s Next?


If all you needed was to rotate PDF files, great. If you need further adjustments, check out some of our other tools. They're all free and as easy to use as the PDF rotator!

  • Delete Pages - Get rid of blank or unnecessary pages.
  • PDF Converter - Save PDF to Word, PPT, Excel, or JPG.
  • Compress - Get your PDF to email-ready size.
  • Protect - Protect your file with an encrypted password.

Is It Free?


Absolutely! Not only can we permanently rotate PDF files, but our tools can also convert, edit, compress, and digitally sign your PDF files. All of our tools are free, with some limitations.

For those that deal with the PDF format regularly, we also have the Smallpdf Pro subscription, which grants unlimited access to all 20+ tools. With this, you can also permanently rotate PDF files offline via our desktop application. It’s no wonder that Smallpdf is one of the most popular online PDF softwares, with millions of users returning every single month!

Do you have any other needs for PDF files? We always welcome feature suggestions. Reach us at any time via our help page.

Rotate away!

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90 degrees left or right, it's up to you.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf