How to rotate or turn an image

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

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.

Rotating image

Below are the steps on how you can rotate your images in each of the major image editors and programs.

Rotating an image in Microsoft Windows

All of the latest versions of Windows (Windows XP and later) can rotate images within Windows Explorer. Follow the steps below to rotate an image using Windows.

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Browse to the location of the image you want to rotate. If you are not sure where the image is located, try My Pictures.
  3. Once the image has been found, click the image once to highlight the file.
  4. If Windows Explorer is not showing the picture as a small icon (thumbnail), click View at the top of Explorer and select Medium, Large, or Extra Large icons.
  5. Finally, once the image file is highlighted and you see the image as a thumbnail, right-click the image and select either rotate left or rotate right.

Note: Not all types of images support the above steps. If you do not have the option to rotate left or rotate right, try one of the other suggestions mentioned below.

Rotating an image in Microsoft Paint

  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.

Rotating an image in Adobe Photoshop

  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.

Rotating an image in The GIMP

  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 toolbar.
  4. Click Transform
  5. Click on 90 CW, 90 CCW, or 180 degrees to rotate it accordingly.

Rotating an image in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word rotate optionBelow are the steps in Microsoft Word on how to rotate or flip an inserted image.

  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 Rotate Microsoft Word Rotate Image icon icon. If you cannot find the Rotate option in the Format tab click Picture Tools above the Format tab.
  4. Select the desired rotate option from the list.

Tip: If you need to rotate the image more or less than the default options shown in the rotate menu, click More Rotation Options to specify an exact degree of rotation.

Using an Online service to rotate images

If you are using a smartphone or tablet, 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.

Tip: For smartphone and tablet users, there are also dozens of good apps in the app store that can allow you to edit and rotate images on your devices.

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