Tip: How to rotate screen on Mac.

Screen Rotated 90 degrees.Sometimes for whatever reason you may need to rotate the screen, unfortunately Apple does not provide an obvious switch. To rotate the screen open System Preferences from the dock, and hold down Option and Command as you click on Displays. This will open the Displays menu with an added Rotation dropdown box with Standard, 90°, 180°, and 270° options.

Option + Command + Displays


Display menu with rotation dropdown box.

If the above does not work, close System Preferences completely, and hold down Option and Command as you click on System Preferences and then click on Displays without letting go. I can confirm that it works with 10.6.6.

  • Bucky

    Awesome post. I’m on 10.8.4, and I had to exit out to System Preferences every time, but I was able to rotate my Dell external monitor 90 degrees while the main display stayed horizontal. It seems to work best when you move the menu bar over to the rotated display.

  • Bucky

    Awesome post. I’m on 10.8.4, and I had to exit out to System Preferences every time, but I was able to rotate my Dell external monitor 90 degrees while the main display stayed horizontal. It seems to work best when you move the menu bar over to the rotated display.

  • Rob

    I’m glad I found this post. I’m running 10.9 and followed the instructions above and was able to rotate the screen. Cheers!

  • Rob

    I’m glad I found this post. I’m running 10.9 and followed the instructions above and was able to rotate the screen. Cheers!

  • st14

    bro!

  • st14

    bro!

  • Adam

    MacBook Pro running 10.10. It works!… dizzying though as the trackpad remains Standard!

    • jollyjack

      Hi Adam I need to rotate picture on my mac how do I run 10.10 ?
      please help if you can
      Regards, “““““billy.

  • Adam

    MacBook Pro running 10.10. It works!… dizzying though as the trackpad remains Standard!

    • Nehemiah Jacob

      This makes me feel sick and reducing the hope on humanity…We are in 2015 yet there is no cure for AIDS & Cancer…Even at least for this stupid basic feature, So called big companies ‘Apple’ and Microsoft…Sick

    • jollyjack

      Hi Adam I need to rotate picture on my mac how do I run 10.10 ?
      please help if you can
      Regards, “““““billy.

  • poop

    it works on a regular computer you have to click command alt and the aroww keys

    • BudderCreeeperMan

      *facepalm* THESE PEOPLE USE MAC!

  • poop

    it works on a regular computer you have to click command alt and the aroww keys

    • BudderCreeeperMan

      *facepalm* THESE PEOPLE USE MAC!

  • Michelle Peticolas

    This totally works on my second display. Thank you so much.

  • Michelle Peticolas

    This totally works on my second display. Thank you so much.

  • Squid1996

    I have done this so I could have my screen upside down, but now that I am finished with the change, it won’t let me rotate again. In fact, the display options won’t open at all.

  • Squid1996

    I have done this so I could have my screen upside down, but now that I am finished with the change, it won’t let me rotate again. In fact, the display options won’t open at all.

  • Ben

    Hi,

    I have flipped the image display on my Mac and now that it is upside down (very hard to work a computer upside down) I cannot get back into the display option in system preferences. It says there was an error and that I cannot access the Display Pane.

    Any help to get my laptop working would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Ben

    • bill

      same thing happened to me what did you do?