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Published on 11.21.08 by Brent Trahan

How-to Rotate an Image Using Microsoft Paint

Learn how to rotate a picture 90, 180, or 270 degrees using Microsoft Paint in Windows Vista.

  1. Open a picture in Microsoft Paint.
  2. Click Image and then select Flip/Rotate.

  3. Select whether you want to rotate the picture 90, 180, or 270 degrees and then click OK.

Now you have a rotated picture using no 3rd party software.

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  1. Dan says:

    If you skew the image one way (horizontal and by 12 degrees, for instance), and then skew the image the opposite amount the other way (vertical and negative 12 degrees) you can rotate it by any amount you want, not just 90 degree intervals!
    Although, every rotation made degrades the quality and the smoothness of the selection being rotated, so use sparingly.

    • Jimmy Jr. says:

      But mister! You can’t skew by negative numbers in MS Paint!

    • Geko says:


      I brought an image into Paint that is skewed. I’d like to rotate by a few degrees to “un-skew” it. It’s not clear to me how to do this in Paint. I have the option of rotating by 90 deg or 180 deg but not be some arbitrary amount. It seemed to me from your comments that there is a way to do this. I’m using Paint in Windows 7. Thanks.

    • Sebelino says:

      No you cannot. Not an ordinary rotation anyway. It can be mathematically proven that it is impossible to rotate an image by, say, 45 degrees properly using only skewing operations.

      It’s a shame, really, because rotation by an arbitrary number of degrees involves a very simple transformation matrix.

  2. Bob Lions says:

    I want to rotate by one degree which I could do quite easily in Windows picture and fax viewer. You don’t even seem to address the request.

    Typical Microsoft

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