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It's fairly easy to rotate the entire desktop's orientation on MS Windows. However, I'm looking for a way to rotate a single window's orientation. Are there any easy tricks to do this?

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Just curious, do you have any specific reason to do that? – Diogo Aug 12 '11 at 18:21
I'd be very interested in knowing what reasons you have for wanting to do this. – music2myear Aug 12 '11 at 18:57
Probably makes it easier to edit rotated pics :) – EBGreen Aug 12 '11 at 19:45
You can rotate pictures on the picture editor, even Microsoft Paint, from Windows 95 is able to rotate images..... Still doesn't convinced me. – Diogo Aug 12 '11 at 19:59
It's a fairly obscure use: I'm programming an android app and on the emulator sometimes you want different screen orientations. Unfortunately, when the orientation is changed in the emulator it also appears sideways on the screen. The problem is really with the emulator but I though this may be a possible solution. – speedplane Sep 3 '11 at 18:23

Assuming you have several monitors and you can rotate one of them, you could always use Magnifier with a magnification of 1 to copy the active window to a different monitor.

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You cannot rotate each application window individually, however, if you have multiple monitors you can rotate each one in a different orientation. This way, you can move the application that needs to be in portrait orientation, for example, and keep it on the portrait oriented screen. Keep the windows you wish to be in normal orientation on the screen with normal orientation.

If you have NVIDIA graphics card, NVIDIA Control Panel allows this:

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Even though my computer doesn't use it, I am pretty sure ATI's Catalyst Control Center also has this feature.

A third party application called iRotate also allows individual window rotation and is free:

iRotate is a free screen rotation utility, providing administrators, end-users and manufacturers of pivoting monitors with a standardized, simple mechanism to control screen orientation across multiple monitors, operating systems and graphics cards.

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Did you mean individual window rotation or individual screen rotation there? – mavhc Sep 5 '12 at 13:14

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