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How to Rotate a PDF (1 Page or Multiple Pages)

How do you permanently rotate PDF pages? If you need to change the orientation of one page in a PDF, several pages, or an entire PDF file you can do that easily with this online tool. Our tutorial shows you how to rotate and save PDF documents that way.

Rotating pages on a PDF is useful if you have single or multiple pages on a document that need to be displayed in a different orientation. Your PDF may be mostly in portrait, for example, and you need a few pages to be displayed horizontally in landscape. You can rotate one or multiple pages of your choice using the online PDF.Live editor. This editor functions entirely in your browser — no additional downloads are required. 

Rotating PDF Pages with PDF.Live

First, drag and drop your PDF into the PDF.Live editor to upload it and select Edit PDF to start editing. 

how to rotate a pdf, screenshot showing how to upload a pdf to pdf live's editor

Once your PDF is displayed in the editor, select the Pages icon on the left-hand side of the screen to view the pages of your PDF as thumbnails. 

screenshot of pdf live showing you where to find the rotate pdf button

From here, right-click the page or pages that you’d like to rotate. You can then rotate them either 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise.

screenshot showing pdf live's rotate button. rotate a pdf 90 degrees clockwise, counterclockwise or insert pages

You’ll see the rotation reflected both in the thumbnail view and the editor. 

screenshot showing pdf live's pdf editing tool and how it rotates and saves pdfs

After you’ve rotated all the pages you need, you’ll need to download a new version of the PDF from the editor to see your changes reflected. This new version will contain the rotations and any other changes you’ve made. 

Other PDF readers, such as Apple’s Preview app, will allow you to rotate pages and make other edits. Readers are separate applications that are downloaded on your computer, however, and won’t allow you to make changes in your web browser.