Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How to Fix Your Pictures If They End Up Sideways When Posting or Emailing Them

Lately I see a lot of people getting frustrated because the pictures they're trying to post on their blogs end up sideways or upside down and they don't know how to rectify this.

I'm not really sure why it happens, but it happens to me too: I'll transfer pictures to my computer from my camera or my phone and most of the time they look fine in "My Computer" but when I try to insert them in a post or an email, they show up sideways, upside down or whatever...

It's infuriating!

Here are couple of options that I use to remedy this quickly. I'm going to assume you're using a Windows computer.

The easiest option is to double click on your picture from whatever folder you have it saved in, which opens the photo in "Photo Gallery", like this:

Look at the icons I circled in "1".  If you click on those, you can turn the picture on its side, and if you click again, it'll be upside down (now if it was on its side to start with, you'll just be straightening it out).  Then you click on the "next" icon (circled in "2"), which will prompt the Photo Gallery to save the change to your picture.

It's important to note that if your picture looks like it's the right side up, it could still appear sideways or upside down in the email or post that you're writing!  So if you know that the picture isn't inserting properly, just open it in Photo Gallery and click on the icons until the picture is back in the proper position (even if you're just making it go in a circle) and then save it by clicking "next" and then go and try to reinsert it in your email or blog post. It should have fixed the problem.

If it didn't, there's a free program that I use that does the same thing and seems to fix those situations when even doing the Photo Gallery trick doesn't work. Again, I don't understand why but hey, it works for me!  Plus it's a very cool program that allows you to do a whole bunch of editing to your pictures. I use it every day!

It's called "PhotoScape" and you can download it for free.  Make sure you click on "Free Download" at the very top (as circled below), NOT on the green "Start Download" button which is an ad and will install crap you don't want.

This is the 3.7 version.  Apparently there's an "X" version for mac users and Windows 10 users, but I'm on Windows 10 and I use the 3.7 version. I just emailed them tonight to ask why they want Windows 10 users to use their "X" version, we'll see if they reply.  I don't want to download it until I make sure that I can revert to 3.7 because I really like 3.7!

Once you have downloaded it, open the program to the "Editor" tab. Select your source folder for your picture and click on the thumbnail of the picture you want to edit.

Then use the icon that I circled to make the picture move around a quarter turn. Then move it back into its normal "right side up" position and save (there's a save button to the right of the screen, at the bottom).  Then go insert or post your picture and all should be right with the world.

If you downloaded PhotoScape, explore all the tools and options, it's really cool! Just play with it, you'll get the hang of it in no time :)  It might be nice to donate some money to the developers, which reminds me that I need to check my records to see if I ever did...

I hope this was helpful!  It might sound confusing so just try it out next time you have this problem!


  1. I haven't had this problem yet, but maybe that's because I use the program that came with my camera and not one from Microsoft. I'll try to remember these tips if it ever does happen.

    1. Probably. Those of us who use iPhones and the like seem to have that problem more often.

  2. Thank you for posting this, Nathalie. So far, I've not had a problem, but it's good to know that there is a solution if it does happen. :)

    1. You're welcome! Hopefully you won't have to use the tricks at all :)

  3. This is exactly what I needed. Thank you.

    1. De rien! (it means "of nothing", which is French for "you're welcome".)


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