• Win 7 64 bit

  • Adobe Reader XI with shortcuts enabled (see Options Menu - General)

  • German keyboard! (and of course a localized OS and so forth)

Official shortcut list by Adobe: http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/keyboard-shortcuts.html

The official shortcuts are shown when I hover the cursor over the buttons:

  • turn clockwise Ctrl + Shift + + (plus)

  • turn counter-clockwise Ctrl + Shift + - (minus)

They are both not working for me. Instead I can only rotate counter-clockwise via this combination:

  • Ctrl + Shift + 1

What is the shortcut to rotate clockwise then?

Tried the following combination with Ctrl + Shift:

  • 2 to 0

  • , (comma)

  • . (dot)

  • #

  • ´

  • For me, Win7, Adobe reader X, Ctrl+Shift+1 is not working. Click on View menu->Rotate view-> This gives the option to rotate clock and counter clock wise. Next to this the keyboard shortcut is mentioned. What is it in reader XI? – Prasanna Oct 15 '14 at 9:33
  • @Prasanna The ones I listed are shown. Edited the op in this regard. – henry Oct 15 '14 at 12:11
  • For other reference: Ctrl + Shift + Plus, Ctrl + Shift + Minus work for me, Win 10 Home English, Acrobat X Pro Chinese – simongcc Nov 27 '15 at 14:20

Ok, so here is my take on this problem. I can recreate the issue by adding German keyboard layout. And I can confirm that using Ctrl+Shift++ or Ctrl+Shift+- does not work when German layout is on.

What does work in my case is:

  • Ctrl+Shift+] = rotate clockwise
  • Ctrl+Shift+/ = rotate counterclockwise

Note: I used German:Germany layout, not Austria,Switzerland or Luxembourg

However Ctrl+Shift+1 does not do anything in my case. And this makes me think that maybe actual keyboard controller on your German keyboard is behaving differently. Anyway - I would recommend you to first try all possible combinations involving Ctrl+Shift+Some Key and if you have no luck with that try installing English:US layout and see whether that works

UPDATE: I am using a laptop so I do not have dedicated num pad keys. I have figured out the option that works for me regardless of keyboard layout. I have num pad keys mapped accross the keyboad and accessable via Fn. Following combinations are valid:

  • Fn+; = Numpad:-
  • Fn+/ = Numpad:+

Having that said, following combinations work in Adobe reader regardless the layout. I have tested with German, English and Russian:

  • Ctrl+Shift+Fn+; = rotate counterclockwise
  • Ctrl+Shift+Fn+/ = rotate clockwise

So I recommend you to experiment with your numpad for better results.

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    What? You tested this with German, English, and Russian? You deserve some upvoting just for putting in such effort. – TOOGAM May 18 '16 at 6:59

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