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Windows Photo Viewer:  Rotate Buttons Greyed Out in Read Only Mode

Posted on 2011-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Is it possible to enable the rotate buttons in Windows Photo Viewer when the file is in read only mode?  We are viewing contract documents that are in TIFF format.  The contracts are scanned in a vertical format - although the document is in landscape.  We would like to view the document in landscape by rotating the document 90 degrees counterclockwise.

Unfortunately, the files are in read only mode and we do not have the capability of copying the files to our desktop due to the volume.  Is there a way to enable the rotate buttons for a read only file?
Question by:goodmanro
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Expert Comment

ID: 36574783
You may not be able to rotate the TIFF in read only, but you can screen shot it using the Windows 7 Snipping Tool found in Programs>Accessories and rotate the resulting screen shot.

Due to your "volume", you could ask for a "script" to look after this in an automated fashion, perhaps even "saving" the original files and rotating them automatically.  If these are Acrobat PDF's, Acrobat has a scripting language that someone may help you with to rotate the TIFF within the PDF after it is saved in the non read only format.

Unfortunately, I am not versed in either tasks, but thought I should offer the idea to circumvent your problem.

Author Comment

ID: 36574795
Thanks for your feedback, Jim-R.  This is not an option due to volume.  The alternative is for our rights to be reset in active directory so that the files have read/write permission.

Anyone else have any thoughts?  Thanks again for your input.

Expert Comment

ID: 36579220
Try and put a request through Microsoft, I use;
It's a site which I use, for pre and post installs, policy settings etc.
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Author Comment

ID: 36581793
Thanks, andrewmcc.  I've found that the support resources on this site require a professional support contract.  

Anyone have any thoughts that do not require any additional cost?

Accepted Solution

goodmanro earned 0 total points
ID: 36816997
I found this viewer which is free for download.  It did the trick for us.  We simply changed the file extension of .TIF to be opened by Irfanview.  We can now rotate .TIF documents when in read only mode.


Thanks, Robert.

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ID: 36908450
I found this viewer which is free for download.  It did the trick for us.  We simply changed the file extension of .TIF to be opened by Irfanview.  We can now rotate .TIF documents when in read only mode.


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