When PDFs are uploaded to Google Drive, they keep the same orientation they had when they were created. This usually happens when you’re dealing with a lot of PDFs created with a scanner. Without rotating them, they can be difficult to read in digital format.
If you’re constantly turning your head to view PDFs in Google Drive, then you (and your neck) will benefit from learning how to rotate a PDF in Google Drive.
How to View a Rotated Version of a PDF in Google Drive
In Google Drive, preview the PDF you wish to rotate by double clicking it.
In the print preview window, right click anywhere in the PDF and select
Rotate clockwise or
Rotate counterclockwise. This step might vary depending on which web browser you’re using but most browsers support similar functionality.
How to Permanently Rotate a PDF in Google Drive
To permanently rotate a PDF in Google Drive, you need to re-create the PDF itself. Luckily, you can save a new version of the PDF using Microsoft Print to PDF and then re-upload the corrected copy.
Use the steps in the section above to preview the PDF you wish to rotate, and rotate it to the correct orientation.
After rotating in the print preview window, click the
Destination printer to
Microsoft Print to PDF and then click the
Save the PDF anywhere on your computer, like the Desktop. Open the PDF and make sure that it’s now in the correct orientation.
Finally, upload this version to your Google Drive replacing the old.