"Rotate" options are grayed out when you right-click an image file

Published: Nov 03, 2004
Updated : Aug 16, 2005
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When you right-click click an image file in Thumbnail or Filmstrip view, the Rotate Clockwise and Rotate Counter Clockwise options are grayed out, as in the figure.

To restore the option, access the file properties and remove the Read Only attribute for that file.

If the Rotate options are completely missing for an image file type natively supported by Windows XP, then execute the following command from Start, Run dialog:

regsvr32 shimgvw.dll