I am using sidewaysfigure from the rotating package.
The orientation of the figure is as desired for the double-page layout.
In the pdf (generated through Latex->PS->PDF), the page is rotated so that when viewing the file, the reader can see the figure in its correct orientation.

However, when I want to print the document the page is not rotated when using duplex printing. Instead, I get a shrunken page which is rotated by 90 degrees.

Here is a minimal working example that illustrates my problem:

\usepackage{tikz} % this is just included to generate a "figure"


This is just a test to show a rotated second page which won't print right in duplex mode.

    \draw[thick,dashed,rounded corners] (12.25,1.5) rectangle (15.58,4.0);
\caption{This is my sideways figure}


The second page will be rotated counterclockwise (as expected), but will also be printed in this orientation:

rotated second page

EDIT 2: Question

How do I suppress the rotation of the page (not of the figure though) in the pdf-document that is created by Latex?
That way, I would not have to worry about any printer settings.

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    Could you post a minimal working example (MWE) that exhibits the issue? This would give us something to start working with. – Paul Gessler Feb 28 '14 at 4:35
  • Thanks! I just compiled your MWE and printed it twice (once to paper and once to a PDF); it worked as expected in both cases (page number in normal position; figure rotated so the caption is on the outside (left) edge). So it must be some local setting/issue. Unless anyone else has ideas? – Paul Gessler Feb 28 '14 at 16:39
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a printer-related issue. – Torbjørn T. Apr 24 '14 at 17:43
  • I do not think, it is off-topic, because a page can be rotated in different ways: the physical page format is rotated or the physical page is kept, but the rotation is indicated in the PDF object by the /Rotate key. How both ways can be done in LaTeX is on-topic. – Heiko Oberdiek Apr 24 '14 at 18:06
  • @TorbjørnT. I rephrased the question to make it more Latex specific. – Schorsch Apr 24 '14 at 19:57

I've encountered a problem like this before, and for me it was something that happened in the pdf conversion: my own .ps files looked fine. It was solved by running ps2pdf as follows:

ps2pdf -dAutoRotatePages=/None filename.ps

(where filename.ps is replaced with your postscript file)

I tried this with your MWE, and I went from the pdf displaying the rotated page, to all pages oriented in portrait mode.

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  • Upvote as this works. I am still curious if there is a fix from within the sidewaysfigure – Schorsch Nov 10 '14 at 22:08

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