Specifies a single rotational orientation in which an app will display.

Element hierarchy



<Rotation Preference = "portrait" | "landscape" | "portraitFlipped" | "landscapeFlipped" />

Attributes and Elements


Attribute Description Data type Required Default value

The rotational orientation.

This attribute can have one of the following values:

  • portrait
  • landscape
  • portraitFlipped
  • landscapeFlipped

Child Elements


Parent Elements

Parent Element Description

Describes the orientations in which the app would prefer to be shown for the best user experience. On a device that can be rotated, such as a tablet, the app will not be redrawn for orientations that are not specified here. For instance, if the app specifies only Landscape and LandscapeFlipped orientations, and the device is rotated to a Portrait orientation, the app will not rotate.

Note that on devices that can't be rotated, an app might be shown in that device's default orientation and the app's preferred orientation will be ignored. However, on a device with a rotation lock activated, your app's preferred rotation will still be honored.

These orientation preference choices apply to both the splash screen and the app UI when a new session is launched for your app. The preferences can be changed during run time through the AutoRotationPreferences property.


To specify more than one preferred orientation, include multiple Rotation elements in your InitialRotationPreference element.