How to

Rotate Your Mac Screen 90 Degrees or Upside Down

Written by Hassan Abbas

It may sound weird but if you work with app design, development, or something similar where it would be beneficial to rotate your Mac screen, then we have a trick for you. This trick lets you rotate your Mac screen 90, 180, or 270 degrees.

So, you can rotate it left, right, or completely upside down with just a few clicks. Ready? Here’s how to rotate your Mac screen.

Rotate your screen in System Preferences

Use the button in your Dock or click Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar. If you’ve your System Preferences open, close and reopen the window to start fresh. Then, follow these steps.

Step 1:

At first Hold down your Command + Option keys.

Step 2:

Now click Displays in the System Preferences window.

Step 3:

Choose Display and you should now see an additional option for Rotation.

Step 4:

Click that drop-down menu and select 90, 180, or 270 degrees.

If you have an external display attached to your Mac, you will notice that you can adjust the screen orientation on the external display by using the Display System Preference unique to that screen. This allows users to configure secondary monitors to run in a vertical position (portrait mode). Besides the default horizontal (landscape mode) that screens are typically shown with.

If your screen goes black, it should be temporarily and then you’ll see your new screen orientation.

Make sure that it doesn’t just look different, your mouse or trackpad will work differently too. And that part takes some getting used to because the cursor will move according to your screen orientation.

When you’re finished working or playing around in the new view, head back to System Preferences > Displays and choose Standard in the Rotation drop-down box. Your Mac will then be back to its normal orientation.


While it’s not something you would do every day. Are you ready to give it a try? Let us know in the comments below.

And thanks for Connected for making us aware of this cool Mac trick!

Also Read: How to Install, Manage & Use Custom Fonts on Your iPhone & iPad

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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