Portrait Orientation

Portrait orientation refers to the vertical design or layout of an image, document, or device. A page with portrait orientation typically letters, memos, and other text-based documents is taller than it is wide. This aspect ratio is also ideal for visual art that depicts a person from the chest up, which is why it is called portrait orientation. Landscape orientation, on the other hand, is wider than it is tall so it’s best for depicting visual elements that are spread out horizontally, like panoramas and environmental scenery.

Portrait orientation in devices

Whereas landscape orientation is most commonly used in computer and television displays, portrait orientation is the default setting for printers and mobile devices. Smartphones, e-readers, and tablets are optimized for portrait orientation, so most mobile apps are designed with portrait orientation in mind. However, mobile devices can be easily rotated to landscape orientation for some activities like watching videos or playing games. Similarly, some users prefer to shift their computer monitors from the default landscape to a portrait orientation to make programming or data entry easier.



 

 

 

Webopedia Staff
Webopedia Staff
Since 1995, more than 100 tech experts and researchers have kept Webopedia’s definitions, articles, and study guides up to date. For more information on current editorial staff, please visit our About page.

Related Articles

Early Adopter

Early adopters play an integral role in the shift from untested to critical technology—they're the first buyers to invest in new hardware, software, or...

Process Automation

Process automation shortens or eases manual tasks, often making the results more accessible to users. Automation typically decreases the need for human deliberation or...

Digital Marketing Acronyms and Terms to Know

Many companies have had to evolve their businesses to meet consumer wants and needs in new ways. One area that is evolving consistently and...

Database Software

All organizations must store and manage data in a database. Database software is key to efficiently accessing, controlling and sharing the information stored in...

Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company that specializes in information technology (IT)...

Best Managed Security Service...

Organizations of all sizes can outsource their management of security devices and systems...

Gartner

Gartner is a world-renowned information technology (IT) consultancy and advisory firm that conducts...