How do I rotate or turn an image?

Rotating, reversing, turning, or flipping an image allows you to correctly display an image that may have been taken with a camera at an angle or scanned in a scanner at a different angle. Below are the steps on how you can rotate your images in each of the major image editors.

Rotating image

Microsoft Paint users

  1. Open the image in Microsoft Paint.
  2. On the Home tab, click the Rotate option.
  3. Select a Rotate option from the list and the image will be rotated.

Note: In Microsoft Paint, you cannot specify a degree angle to rotate the image. Only 90 and 180 degree angle options are available for rotating.

Adobe Photoshop users

  1. Open the image in Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Click Image
  3. Click Rotate Canvas
  4. Select 180, 90 CW, 90 CCW, or Arbitrary to manually specify your angle.


  1. Open Google Picasa, browse to the image location, and double-click the image you want to rotate.
  2. Once the image has been opened click the blue arrows pointing to the left or right to rotate the image accordingly.


  1. Open the image in The GIMP.
  2. Use the rectangle marquee to select what portion of the image you want to crop.
  3. Click Image at the top of the image tool bar.
  4. Click Transform
  5. Click on 90 CW, 90 CCW, or 180 degrees to rotate it accordingly.

Microsoft Word

  1. Right-click on the image in Microsoft Word.
  2. In the Microsoft Word ribbon, click on the Format tab, if not already selected.
  3. In the Arrange section, click on the Microsoft Word Rotate Image icon icon.
  4. Select the desired rotate option from the list.

Online service

There are also online services that allow you to flip a photo through your web browser. A good example of such a service is the free FlipMyPhotos web page found at the link below.

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