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.

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  • 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!

  • st14