Pivot function

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left: landscape format, right: rotated 90 ° to portrait format

As a pivot function or portrait mode refers to the ability to monitor , in particular flat screens , physically rotate 90 ° (Engl. To pivot "swing"). The screen content is then displayed in the original orientation (text horizontally). This requires a program that rotates the screen content and takes the changed height and width into account. This function is usually already included in newer graphics drivers , which means that additional software is not required.

The rotation enables a better display and legibility of texts and pages in portrait format, e.g. B. from A4 pages in original size.


  • The iRotate program from EnTech Taiwan has offered the pivot function free of charge for private use since Windows 98.
  • The company Samsung offers the MagicRotation program as a free solution.
  • The company Portrait Displays provides such software under the name Pivot Pro at a charge.
  • The program xrandr , which is supplied with most distributions, helps with Linux .
  • Nvidia, Intel and AMD graphics card drivers under Windows can also rotate the screen without additional software.

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