My PDF document is rotated. How do I fix that?

Some applications will create PDFs that are rotated. You can remove the rotation by creating a new PDF with the Distiller. Take the following steps:

  • Open your file in Acrobat
  • Choose File > Save As from the Acrobat menu
  • Give the file a new name (do not overwrite the original file)
  • Under Save As Type, choose PostScript File (*.ps)
  • Open Acrobat Distiller
  • Go to Settings > Edit Adobe PDF Settings > set Default Page size to PDF page size and Auto-rotate Pages to off.
  • Browse for this file or go to the directory where the file exists and double click on the file – this will open and run the Distiller
  • A new PDF file will be created with the new name you gave the PostScript file.

Distiller is provided with a purchase of Acrobat Standard or Professional. Appligent’s pdfHarmony application also allows you to remove rotation in a file.