Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way

— Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way —

Read 'em all:
Option Key tip #1: the WiFi Menu
Option Key tip #2: the Battery Status Menu
Option Key tip #3: Close All Finder Windows
Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact's Groups
Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way
Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag
Option Key tip #7: Option-Click
Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash
Option Key tip #9: Special Characters
Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information
Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click
Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder

You took this photo…

Picture that needs to be rotated to the RIGHT
Picture that needs to be rotated to the RIGHT
and now you want to rotate it so the label is readable, right-side up.. If you’re using Preview, the Rotate Button looks like this:
Rotate Left icon from Preview
Rotate Left

Here’s the “Rotate Left” button in Photos.
Rotate Left button in Photos
Rotate Left button in Photos

If you click either of those buttosn three times the picture will rotate, in 90 degree steps, to the proper position. Yay. But it takes three clicks. But, if you press the Option key, the Rotate Left Button changes to rotate the other way, so you can turn your sausage right-side-up in a single “Option-click.”

It doesn’t sound like such a big deal to save two clicks, but all those clicks add up. Ask someone with carpal tunnel syndrome.

This “Option-click” technique works in Preview, Photos, iPhoto, and probably a bunch of others. It is worth experimenting. The nice thing is, the button’s picture changes to show it’s going to rotate things the other way when you hold Option. Like this:

Rotate Right buttons in Preview and Photos
Rotate Right buttons in Preview and Photos

Here’s the rotated photo– and now that it’s rotated, you can see what a great price you can get on beef ribs if you’re willing to go to Texas to get them.
Rotated picture, after three 90 degree turns to the left
Rotated picture, after three 90 degree turns to the left- or one to the right!

And that’s five.


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