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When you open a PDF, the orientation of the pages, whether they are long ways, portrait, or landscape, or rotated 180 degree, or whatever, are a function of what they look like in the original application, like in the Word document, or the InDesign file, or the Illustrator file before the person exported them to PDF. So in other words, you know, what you see is what you get here. But sometimes you want more control. You want to be able to change the orientation of pages, to rotate them, to make it easier for example to read onscreen, or to edit onscreen, or maybe permanently to save that way.
So I'm going to talk about that in this video. There is actually two different ways that you can rotate pages in Acrobat. One is just for the viewing, while you're working with it in Acrobat. It doesn't really change the file at all. Kind of like how zooming in and out doesn't really make the file larger or smaller, just changes the view. You can rotate just the view. Then there is also rotating the actual page or pages, so they're saved with the files, so they get a new orientation. The first kind, rotating just the view is from the View menu.
Surprise, surprise! If you go to the View menu, the very first command is Rotate View. There is Clockwise and Counterclockwise. So say for example that you wanted to edit this text here that is currently rotated 90 degree here, the address panel. Now notice, it's kind of interesting that the selection cursor, the I-beam, actually rotates, because it's detecting that this was rotated in the original application. But it's kind of hard to edit in this view, unless you tilted your head to the right. So let's fix that.
We're going to go to the View menu, and choose Rotate View, and we want it to go Counterclockwise. The rotate Clockwise and Counterclockwise works exactly in 90 degree increments. So that's perfect. Now we can click here, and zoom in with the Ctrl+Plus or Cmd+Plus a few times. It's much easier to edit this way. If you're doing that a lot, if you're working a lot with rotated documents, you need to quickly rotate them to edit them, or to do stuff with them, you might want to add that to your toolbars. You can right-click right in the toolbar, and add those as toolbar items.
I'm just right-clicking and choosing Clockwise and Counterclockwise. So that's just a view. If I close this document, and then I open it again, File > Open Recent and do Brochure, once again, it's the normal document. It hasn't been rotated. Now if you want to save the rotation with the document, like for example, in this file, in the EmpHandbook, there is a page here that might be a little easier, when we printed it out, if it printed out at the same rotation as all the other pages. Let me show you what I mean.
I'm going to open up the Page Thumbnails panel. You can see in the Page Thumbnails that page 3 has a landscape page. These are all portrait orientation, because it was done that way to accommodate this wide table. But when we print it out, it's going to have to shrink this, right? It doesn't automatically print it in the correct orientation. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to rotate the page permanently and save that as an updated file. So you can do that in one of two ways. In the Page Thumbnails panel, you can just right-click and choose Rotate Pages, which will open up a dialog box that lets you choose which Direction, and how much to rotate the pages.
And then also lets you choose which pages should rotate. So, because I right-clicked on this page, it's assuming that I want to rotate just the Selection, which is correct, or I could override that. And notice that you can also Rotate, you know, just the Evens or just the Odd Pages, or just the Landscape or just the Portrait Pages, or all of them, if you want to just go crazy about it. But we just want to rotate this one page. It makes no difference to me Clockwise or Counterclockwise, 90 Degrees. Now that's how it will be saved with the document.
I mentioned before there are two places you can do this. You can do this again either in the Page Thumbnails panel, just by selecting the page and right-clicking, or you can choose it from up here as well, right there, or from the tools panel. Rotate is the very first command here under the Pages section of the tools panel. I'm going to do a little Save As > PDF. We'll call this EmpHandbook-rotated.
Now if I close this document and open it again, it will fit the page to the window. Open up the Page Thumbnails panel. You'll see it's been saved with the document. So those are two different ways of rotating pages in Acrobat. One is just for show. One is just on the fly, to rotate a page view, to make it easier to edit. The other one is actually rotating the page in the file and saving it that way.
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