This trick is very specific. It may be suitable for owners of third-party monitors, whose position can be changed from landscape to portrait and vice versa. Although such devices, in theory, should be equipped with appropriate software.

Apple’s popular ultrabook is a true all-rounder: for its portability, the laptop was loved not only by journalists and people who work with texts, but also by programmers and engineers.

Why Rotate the Screen?

Alas, sometimes the standard 11, 13 or even 15 inches of the screen becomes small, and then there is a need to connect an external monitor to your Macbook.

By the way, the efficiency of work in this case can be increased by several times, turning the image on the screen. I worked with MacBook for a long time using only a built-in display, and when I started using an external screen, the speed of work doubled.

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How to rotate the screen

If for any reason you suddenly need to rotate the image on the Mac screen, then know that this is possible.

Apple didn’t make this feature obvious by hiding it in settings:

  • Open the “System Preferences”;
  • Holding “Option” and “Command” keys and click on the “Displays” icon;
  • A screen rotation pop-up menu will appear in the screen settings. You can rotate the image on the screen 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
How to Rotate Mac Screen Orientation?

If this menu does not appear, try to completely close the System settings and hold “Option” and “Command” again to click on the monitor icon. When the image of the display is rotated, the cursor coordinate system will also change according to the position of the screen, so looking under the usual degree will be inconvenient to interact with the system.


If you decide that this rotation of the image does not suit you, just wait and macOS itself will return to the previous settings in a few seconds.

It’s the best time to ask questions and give us your feedback in comments.


Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.


  1. Thanks for the tip; I never would have figured that out on my own! But I’m having an issue with the rotation of just a second screen. I don’t want to rotate the laptop display, only the second screen. Do you know of a way to do that?


    • Vincent Reply

      Hi, John! Just try to do the same instruction only on your second Display! It will works!

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