How to rotate a PDF on Windows 10.
Not happy with the orientation of a file? Learn how to rotate PDFs on Windows 10 using either a PDF reader or an online app.
You may have converted a picture or scanned a document into a PDF in the wrong orientation, or you may have accidentally rotated your PDF the wrong way. Regardless, you no longer want to tilt your head or your monitor to look at your PDF. Once you learn how to rotate a PDF on Windows 10, you’ll find the process is very simple. You have a couple of options as you learn how to rotate a PDF in Adobe — in the reader or online.
Pros and cons of rotating a PDF on Windows 10.
There are several ways to rotate PDFs on Windows 10. You can use a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat, or you can use an online app like Acrobat online services. Let’s explore some pros and cons of each option.
A PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat will cut out a few steps for every action you need to take, including rotating your PDF. You can even use shortcuts if you’re using Adobe Acrobat. Unlike the online services, you can use a PDF reader whether or not you have a Wi-Fi or data internet connection. You do, however, have to download the PDF reader to your PC.
An online app like Acrobat online services allows you to perform many functions on your PDF, including rotating your PDF. You don’t need to download any apps to your device, all you need is an internet connection. Using the online services could also allow you to work with colleagues in real time and share your rotated PDF more easily. It may take a couple more steps to perform functions like rotating your PDF, and you won’t be able to do it without a connection to the internet.
Rotating a PDF on Windows 10 with a PDF reader.
If you have a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat downloaded to your Windows 10 device, rotating PDFs is simple:
- Open the document with the PDF reader.
- Choose View on the top toolbar.
- Hover over the Rotate View option.
- Select Clockwise or Counterclockwise rotation.
Your PDF will rotate 90 degrees in the direction you choose. If you want to flip the file a full 180 degrees, simply follow the same steps again.
Rotate PDF shortcuts in Windows 10.
To make the process even easier when you’re using Adobe Acrobat, you can always use rotate PDF shortcuts for Windows 10:
- Rotate clockwise — Shift+Ctrl+Plus
- Rotate counterclockwise — Shift+Ctrl+Minus
Once you rotate the PDF to the correct orientation, you can close the window, and all changes will be saved for the next time you open the file. This will allow you to better read PDFs on Windows 10.
Rotating a PDF on Windows 10 with an online app.
If you don’t have a PDF reader downloaded to your computer or don’t want one, you can also rotate a PDF on Windows 10 using Adobe Acrobat online services. Follow these simple steps:
- From any web browser, navigate to the Acrobat online rotate a PDF tool.
- Click the blue button labeled “Select a file” and upload your PDF, or drag and drop the file into the drop zone.
- Select the pages that you want to rotate.
- Click the Rotate Clockwise or Rotate Counterclockwise icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
You can now save and rename your PDF file and download the rotated file to your computer or get a link to share the document.
With an online app, you can rotate PDFs on your Windows 10 device without needing to download new software or applications.