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How To Permanently Rotate PDF Files

by Hung Nguyen

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The Smallpdf Rotate tool is highly underrated. Check out what this little guy can do.

The mass appeal of the PDF is often due to how easy it is to save, store, and share these files. However, when it comes to editing, it may get a bit tricky. Luckily, we have a few tools to help you rearrange 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 your files more efficiently. 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.

  2. Upload your file by drag-and-drop or click “Upload File.”

  3. You’ll be taken to the preview mode. Hover over any page, and you’ll see options to zoom, rotate the page 90 degrees left or right, or to delete.

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

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


How to rotate one page in a PDF with Smallpdf.

This method described above is simple if you wish to rotate disoriented pages, which usually happens when you merge multiple PDF files. To permanently rotate PDFpages from other files, click “Add More” while you’re in the 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.
  3. In the preview mode, you can click the “Left” or “Right” buttons to rotate every page uniformly.
  4. Remember to apply the changes and download your rotated file.

How to rotate all pages in a PDF with Smallpdf.

How to permanently rotate PDF files is a piece of cake with Smallpdf. Remember to delete any unwanted pages you have in your files. Users also have the option to use the “connected workflow” feature to carry on working with other tools before downloading your files, in case you need to edit or convert your PDF.

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. Likewise, you can also access our platform on any of your favorite internet browsers, such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari. Alternatively, you can go offline with the Smallpdf Desktop App.

And if that’s not enough, you’re also not limited to computers. We also 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!

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, though with some limitations.

For those that deal with this file 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 over 40 million monthly users!

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