How to rotate and save a pdf page in a new orientation

Problem: PDF opens in wrong orientation

A client recently sent me a pdf that they wanted to open in landscape orientation. The problem was that when the pdf was made, whoever made it saved it in a portrait orientation which required viewers to first rotate the page counter-clockwise before being able to read the diagrams.

Not the Solution: Using the “View” Drop-down Menu

On would intuitively think that if you opened the pdf in Adobe Acrobat and then selected View -> Rotate View -> Counterclockwise and saved the document it would fix the problem. But when you next open that document, you will find that the rotate view was not saved and the PDF still opens in the unwanted portrait orientation. The View -> Rotate View method accessed from the “View” dropdown menu is used for temporary changes to the document and will not be saved.

Solution: Use the “Pages” Tab or “Shift + Ctrl + R” to Rotate and Save Your PDF in a New Orientation

If you want to change the orientation of your PDF page and have that choice saved so that it opens in the new orientation when you next open the document, you will want to use the “Pages” tab.

  • Open your document in Adobe Acrobat (not Acrobat Reader)
  • Click on the “Pages” tab on left side of the page
  • Right-click on the thumbnail image of the page you want to rotate. You will have the default choice to rotate the selection or you can choose a range of pages to rotate.
  • Save your changes

The shortcut method of doing this is to hit Shift + Ctrl + R, which will pull up the rotate pages dialog box.

The Pages -> Rotate View method accessed from the “Pages” tab or Shift + Ctrl + R keystroke is used for permanent changes to the document and will be saved as part of the document settings, assuming you save your changes using File -> Save (Ctrl + S) command.

2 Responses to “How to rotate and save a pdf page in a new orientation”

  1. mowgli says:

    What if I don’t have Adobe Acrobat, but only Adobe Reader? Do you know any solution for opening new pages without rotating them? (per default, each time when I’m opening a page in pdf, Iwon’t rotate them …its pretty annoying) Thanks a lot!

  2. Sarah says:

    I’m not sure, but to the best of my knowledge, Reader only opens pdf’s as they were saved by their creators.

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