How to Rotate Pages in an Adobe PDF

By Rebecca Gilbert

A Portable Document Format (PDF) simplifies sending documents or forms that you don't want edited but anyone can open. PDFs don't require word-processing software to read, and they open in an Internet browser window with a simple plug-in. Sometimes, the pages in a PDF migh look sideways or upside down and require rotation to read. Changing the direction the pages face is a process that doesn't require editing the document or making any permanent changes. There are methods to create a PDF document that faces right-side up.

Step 1

Open the PDF file either in Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat Professional or in an Internet browser window.

Step 2

Determine how many 90-degree turns the document requires to face upright. One 90-degree turn equals a quarter turn. Therefore, a document that is upside down requires two clockwise or counterclockwise rotations.

Step 3

Move your mouse pointer on the page that is not facing up. Right-click to see the menu and click "Rotate Clockwise." Do this until the page is upright.

Step 4

Press "Shift," "Ctrl" and "+" to rotate the page clockwise or press "Shift," "Ctrl" and "-" to rotate the page counterclockwise.

Step 5

Click "View" on the menu bar at the top of the PDF screen, then select "Rotate View" to choose clockwise or counterclockwise rotation. Choosing to use the menu option is the most time-consuming of the three options.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only Adobe's paid version, Adobe Acrobat Professional, allows editing of PDFs.