See How To Rotate Your Ubuntu Screen Easily Using ScreenRotator Applet

Many people make use of portrait monitors – claiming it eases the stress of having to scroll all the way when reading long terminal sessions or browsing through lines of code to do one thing or the other. Others just think it’s weird.

Whatever your opinion on the matter is, it is good that Ubuntu has the option available to users. And while getting your screen on Ubuntu to rotate 90 degrees and still correctly fill the screen isn’t exactly hard, it is not particularly easy either.

You will have to open your System Settings > Display, go to ‘Rotation’ and select the rotation angle of your choosing and hit okay to confirm your decision.

There are easier ways with which you can rotate the display on Ubuntu. Using custom keyboard shortcuts that trigger xrandr commands when used is one such example – swift and efficient.

But there is something even better:

Rotate Screen Indicator Applet



ScreenRotator is a small indicator applet for Unity (yay! Unity) that (as you must have figured out by now,) lets you easily rotate (or flip) your Ubuntu desktop screen via the power of a quick click.

The applet, for some reason, also comes with brightness controls. Perhaps, the developers have their eyes on screen brightness issues as well.

Installing ScreenRotator on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

ScreenRotator requires python3-gi to work, so you’ll need to install that before going any further. This can be done using the Terminal and the following command:

sudo apt install python3-gi

Download the indicator from the indicator’s project Github page.

Next, extract the folder, cd inside and run ./ to launch the app.

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Martins Okoi
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