How to Rotate a PDF Document

The PDF file format is a format that stores not only text data, but images, charts, and all sorts of graphics as well. There may be a time when you need to rotate PDF page or pages to make sure the information is provided to the viewers in the most understandable way. Icecream PDF Editor is a great tool to view and edit PDF documents that also offers the feature of rotating the PDF's pages (single, multiple, or all) and specify the rotation angle. We have created a step-by-step tutorial with screenshots that show you how to rotate pages in a PDF document using Icecream PDF Editor. Find it below.


Download a PDF editor capable of rotating pages

Firstly, you need to download the free program to rotate PDF on your computer. Download Icecream PDF Editor from our website. Double-click the downloaded EXE file and run the setup process. Launch the program to proceed to rotating the pages of your PDF.


Open the PDF document you want to rotate

Click the “Open...” button in the middle of the window of Icecream PDF Editor to browse your computer for the PDF file using Windows Explorer. Another way to open the document is the “Open...” option of the “File” menu's drop-down list. You can also use the drag and drop mechanism to open the PDF documents within the program.

Open the file you want to rotate

Select the PDF pages

Before rotating the pages, you need to select which pages you wish to rotate.

Single-page rotation

Find the page of the document you want to rotate (scroll through the file) or select the page in the navigation's right-hand panel in “Thumbnails.”

Multiple PDF pages rotation

To select detached pages of a PDF to rotate, you will need to use the “Thumbnails” navigation panel in the right-hand side of Icecream PDF Editor. Click the page's thumbnail from the list to select it. Hold "Ctrl" and click the other pages' thumbnails and add the pages to the selection one by one. Hold "Shift" and click another PDF page to select a sequence of pages.

All pages rotation

Right-click within the “Thumbnails” navigation panel and click the “Select all” option from the menu to select all the pages of the document. Alternatively, use the Ctrl+A hotkey combination.

Select the pages you want to rotate

Rotate PDF pages and save

As soon as the required pages are selected, the last thing to do is to rotate the PDF's pages. There are two ways of doing this:

1) Click the “Pages” button in the top menu of the window of the program and select “Rotate clockwise” or “Rotate counter-clockwise”. There are hotkeys available for each of these operations: Ctrl+= and Ctrl+Shift+= respectively.

Pages button of the top menu

2) Right-click a page's thumbnail in the right-hand navigation panel of the program or right-click within the “Thumbnails” area and select the “Rotate clockwise” or “Rotate counter-clockwise” option from the drop-down list. The above listed hotkeys are also applicable.

Thumbnails area menu to rotate PDF pages

Once you have finished using the PDF rotate tool and the task is complete, you can save the changes in a document from the “File” menu of the program. The “Save” option will apply the rotation. Alternatively, you can use the hotkey combo Ctrl+S.

Save the PDF after pages rotation

This quick guide tells you how to rotate PDF pages with Icecream PDF Editor. It's simple: open the PDF document, select the page or pages to be rotated, rotate the PDF's pages, and save the resulting file.

author by Alexa Davis

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