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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 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

  • Access our PDF Rotater.

  • Upload your file by drag-and-drop, or click 'Upload File'.

  • You will be taken to the preview mode. Hover over any page, and you will see three options to rotate the page 90 degrees left, right or delete.

  • Click 'Apply Changes' to permanently rotate pdf pages.

  • Let our software work its magic, and download your file.

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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 pdf pages from other files, click 'Add more PDFs' while you are on the preview mode to do so.

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.

  • Again, go to the PDF Rotater on our site.

  • Upload your file.

  • On the preview mode, you can click the 'LEFT' or 'RIGHT' buttons to rotate every page uniformly.

  • Remember to apply the changes and download your convert files.

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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.

Is it free?


Absolutely! Smallpdf is the most popular online PDF software with over 15 million monthly users. Not only can we permanently rotate PDF files, but our tools can also convert, edit, compress and digitally sign your PDF files. All for FREE - twice an hour.

For those that deal with this file format on a daily basis, we also have the Smallpdf Pro subscription, which grants unlimited access to all 18 tools. With this, you can also permanently rotate PDF files offline, via our desktop application.

How to rotate a PDF on Mac or Windows?


Smallpdf is an online PDF software, which means that 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. Check out how to rotate one page in pdf directly from our online tool today!

What's next?


If all you needed was to permanently 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 rotater! :)

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
Content Marketing Manager @Smallpdf