1) Select the object(s) you want to rotate.
2) Get the Rotate Tool. Mousedown at the point (anywhere in the doent, on
or off the object) about which you want the object to rotate. You should see
a temporary hairline extending toward the right from where you mousedown.
Drag along this line some comfortable distance and the move up or down. The
selected object should rotate accordingly.
1) Assuming you are using the default preferences, DoubleClick the object
you want to rotate. This should activate the "Transform Handles." (The
bounding box should look different.)
2) Position the cursor outside, but near the bounding box. When you see the
double-arrow cursor, ClickDrag to rotate.
What part of this behavior are you not seeing?