How to rotate the display without reboot and wrong resolution?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thulium, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. thulium macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2016
    OS X 10.11.4
    MBP 13" 2015

    By default it is not possible to rotate the internal screen.

    But when you hold the "secret" shortcut CMD+ALT before you choose "Displays" in the system preferences, you get the option to rotate.


    1. After that action you get a black screen. You have to reboot. Than the screen is rotated.
    2. You get another resolution: 1600x2560. You can't change it. For my eyes that resolution is to small.

    Is there any workaround to rotate the internal display without the show stopping effects I described above?

    The best would be, when the display would rotate automatically by detection of a position sensor.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I doubt it the uses for this option are looking limited to say the least.

    If this is a large part of your workflow a surface pro or other hybrid is the only answer.
  3. Falcon9 macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2015
    Eastern Canada
    Just curious... Why would you want to do this?
  4. unfrostedpoptar macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2010
    I did this a few years ago. I had a 27" iMac + 2 Dell 27" monitors. With all 3 next to each other, it was way too wide, so I rotated all 3 (on VESA mounts) and it was pretty good. Gave up because it was like sitting in a tanning booth and affordable 4k monitors started coming out.

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