How To: Rotate the data frame in ArcGIS Pro


A data frame displays a collection of layers drawn in a particular order for a given map extent and map projection. In some cases, the data frame needs to be rotated to a specific angle to make the map look more attractive and presentable to the viewer. In ArcGIS Pro, data frames can be rotated in both data view and layout view.


Use one of the following options to rotate the data frame in ArcGIS Pro:

Insert the rotation angle in the Map Properties dialog box
This option is applicable in both data view or layout view.

  1. In the Contents pane, right-click the map name, and click Properties.
Right-click the map name and click Properties.
  1. In the Map Properties dialog box, click the General tab.
  2. For Rotation, select or type the desired rotation angle.
  3. Click OK.
The Map Properties dialog box

Use the on-screen navigator

With the release of ArcGIS Pro 2.0 and above, there is an on-screen navigator that provides quick access to controls that help refine perspective and scale when moving through maps and scenes. In data view, use the Full Control mode of the navigator options to rotate the map. For more information, refer to ArcGIS Pro Help: Use the on-screen navigator.

The on-screen navigator

There are keyboard shortcuts to rotate the data frame. Click the data frame, hold the left mouse button, and press 'A' to rotate counter clockwise or 'D' to rotate clockwise. For more information, refer to ArcGIS Pro Help: Keyboard shortcuts for navigation.
Insert rotation angle in the Format Map Frame pane

This option rotates only the data frame, and not the data within it, in layout view.

  1. In layout view, in the Content pane, right-click the map frame, and select Properties.
  2. In the Format Map Frame pane, click Placement.
  3. Under Position, for Rotation, select or type the desired rotation angle.
The Format Map Frame pane
In layout view, the data frame can be rotated manually by moving the rotation handle at the corner of the data frame.
Rotate manually by moving the arrow at the corner of the data frame

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