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How to Rotate an Image in Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a built-in feature to allow you to quickly rotate an image if needed.

You can rotate left to turn the selected image 90 degrees to the left.

You can rotate right to turn the selected image 90 degrees to the right.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to rotate images in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:


EXAMPLE: "Rotate left" and "Rotate right" an image
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Rotate Image in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Rotate Image in Windows 10
To Rotate Image(s) in File Explorer

1. While in File Explorer, select one or more image files you want to rotate, and do step 2 (ribbon), step 3 (context menu), or step 4 (keyboard) below for how you want to rotate the image(s).


 2. To Rotate Image(s) in Ribbon

A) Click/tap on the "Picture Tools" Manage tab, click/tap on the Rotate left or Rotate right buttons in the ribbon until the image(s) are rotated how you want, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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 3. To Rotate Image(s) using Context Menu

A) Right click or press and hold on the selected image(s), and click/tap on Rotate right or Rotate left until the image(s) are rotated how you want, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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 4. To Rotate Image(s) using Keyboard

A) Press the Alt key to see the available keyboard shortcuts, and then press the J+P keys to open the "Picture Tools" Manage tab. (see screenshot below)

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B) Press the R+L (rotate left) or R+R (rotate right) keys until the image(s) are rotated how you want, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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5. When finished rotating the image(s), you can close File Explorer if you like.






Rotate Image in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Rotate Image in Windows 10
To Rotate Image in Photos app

1. While you have an image opened in the Photos app, do step 2 (rotate button) or step 3 (keyboard) below for how you want to rotate the image.


 2. To Rotate Image using Rotate Button

A) Click/tap on the Rotate button in the Photos app toolbar to rotate the image 90 degrees to the right until the image is rotated how you want, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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 3. To Rotate Image using Keyboard

A) Press the Ctrl + R keys in the Photos app to rotate the image 90 degrees to the right until the image is rotated how you want, and go to step 4 below.


4. The rotation changes you made to the image are automatically applied to image file by default. When finished, you can close the Photos app.






Rotate Image in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Rotate Image in Windows 10
To Rotate Image in Windows Photo Viewer

1. While you have an image opened in Windows Photo Viewer, do step 2 (rotate buttons), step 3 (context menu), or step 4 (keyboard) below for how you want to rotate the image.


 2. To Rotate Image using Rotate Buttons

A) Click/tap on the Rotate counterclockwise (left) or Rotate clockwise (right) buttons in Windows Photo Viewer until the image is rotated how you want, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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 3. To Rotate Image using Context Menu

A) Right click or press and hold on the image in Windows Photo Viewer, and click/tap on Rotate right or Rotate left until the image is rotated how you want, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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 4. To Rotate Image using Keyboard

A) Press the Ctrl + , (Rotate counterclockwise) or Ctrl + . (Rotate clockwise) keys until the image is rotated how you want, and go to step 5 below.


5. When finished rotating the image, close Windows Photo Viewer to apply your changes to the image file.


That's it,
Shawn