Rotate Views in Layout Viewports

You can rotate an entire view within a layout viewport with the VPROTATEASSOC system variable.

When VPROTATEASSOC is set to 1, the view within a viewport is rotated with the viewport. When VPROTATEASSOC is set to 0, the view remains when the viewport is rotated.

You can also rotate an entire view within a layout viewport by changing the UCS and using the PLAN command.

With the UCS command, you can rotate the XY plane at any angle around the Z axis. When you enter the PLAN command, the view rotates to match the orientation of the XY plane.

NoteThe ROTATE command rotates individual objects only and should not be used to try to rotate a view.
Procedures
To rotate a view within a viewport
  1. Select the viewport with the view you want to rotate.
NoteWhen VPROTATEASSOC is set to 0, the view within the viewport is not rotated when the viewport is rotated.
To rotate a view by changing the UCS
  1. Make sure you are on a layout tab.
  2. Double-click within the viewport whose objects you want to rotate.
  3. Make sure that the current UCS is parallel to the plane of rotation (the UCS icon should look normal).
  4. Click View tabCoordinates panelWorld.At the Command prompt, enter ucs.
  5. Click View tabCoordinates panelZ.At the Command prompt, enter ucs.
  6. To rotate the view 90 degrees clockwise, enter 90. To rotate the view 90 degrees counterclockwise, enter -90.
  7. Click View menu 3D ViewsPlan ViewCurrent UCS.At the Command prompt, enter plan.

    The entire view rotates within the viewport. You may need to specify the scale of the viewport again.

Commands
PLAN

Displays an orthographic view of the XY plane of a specified user coordinate system.

UCS

Sets the origin and orientation of the current UCS.

UCSICON

Controls the visibility, placement, appearance, and selectability of the UCS icon.

UCSMAN

Manages UCS definitions.

System Variables
UCSICON

Controls the visibility, placement, appearance, and selectability of the UCS icon.

VIEWTWIST

Stores the view rotation angle for the current viewport measured relative to the WCS.

VPROTATEASSOC

Controls whether the view within a viewport is rotated with the viewport when the viewport is rotated.