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You're planning to rotate the screen and then tip the MBP on its side? – Doug Chase May 14 '09 at 16:44
What software are you using to view these books? Perhaps one solution is to find software that lets you rotate the content (like PDF readers). – Andy May May 14 '09 at 16:58
Bah, @Doug Chase beat me to it! – squillman May 14 '09 at 17:07
Yes, I plan to put the MBP on its side. – Pablo May 14 '09 at 17:10
I'm using the built in PDF viewer. – Pablo May 14 '09 at 17:11
  1. If System preferences is open, close it (this only work once after opening system preferences. I have no idea why)
  2. press and hold option/alt + cmd + left click 'Display'
  3. Now there should be a button that says 'Rotation: Standard', click it and choose your rotation

Word of caution - it may be tricky to navigate the mousepad with a rotated screen. You feel drunk.

All the best,

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awesome trick - where do u ppl get this s.. :) ? – Devrim Nov 30 '10 at 0:27
helped me a lot.Thanx – Radek Feb 7 '11 at 0:55
This should have been the accepted answer! – AlcubierreDrive Mar 13 '11 at 4:29
There's a driver patch for linux that rotates the touchpad, too. :D – Rob Nov 3 '11 at 18:28
Why is it like this? And where is this secret book of unknown shortcuts? – ffledgling Sep 12 '14 at 14:51

Hold the Option and Command, click on Preferences and then on Display while holding the Option + Command. Only than you'll be given the option to change the rotation of the screen.

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I am running Windows XP on a MacBook and have found while holding the Ctrl and Option keys together and pressing the cursor move keys (home-pgup-pgdn-end) orients the screen in the direction of the cursor key.

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On Mac OS X 10.6.8:

System Preferences -> Displays -> Rotation is a hidden setting:

  1. Go to System Preferences (in the Apple menu).
  2. While holding the alt/option and command keys, click 'Displays'.
  3. Adjust the Rotation setting. (If you don't see it, close System Preferences and start over.)
  4. A popup entitled "Confirm new display setting" appears.
  5. Rotate the physical screen.
  6. In the popup, click "Confirm" or "Revert".
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Doesn't work for me on 10.7.5 – Niels Bom Feb 22 '13 at 9:00
edited to emphasize that this answer is for Mac OS X 10.6.8 – John Pick Nov 26 '13 at 19:10

According to the hardware supports the act of displaying sideways, but it appears that only SMSRotateD makes use of this.

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On MBP's with multi-touch, you can rotate content in using the 'two finger swirl' ;) or you can use cmd-L or cmd-R. This works in OX 10.5.x, but I don't know about earlier versions.

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It really only rotates the current page, am I wrong? And then it can even be saved, destroying the PDF. – Pablo May 15 '09 at 8:23
cmd-L gives you the option to rotate the entire document and there's no reason you can rotate it back later, or not save the doc after you rotate it. – Dana the Sane May 15 '09 at 18:52

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