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I got a fine and dandy mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter for my MacBook Pro - I hooked up an external Dell monitor and it works well in landscape.

Any tips on how to make the display on external monitor in portrait mode?

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The option should be visible by default for an external monitor, but I assume since you're asking this question that it is not.

There's a little-known trick that works for the internal LCD on MacBooks; I suggest trying that:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Hold down the Command+Option keys, and click on the "Display" icon.
  3. On the right side of the Display preferences, find the drop-down box labeled "Rotation".
  4. Select the rotation you want.
  5. Close System Preferences. Rotation drop-down box in Display preferences
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