CSS3 transform: rotate; in IE9

I have an element that needs to be vertical in a design I have done. I have got the css for this to work in all browsers except IE9. I used the filter for IE7 & IE8:


This however seems to render my element transparent in IE9 and the CSS3 'tranform' porperty doesn't seem to do anything!

Does anyone know anyway of rotating elements in IE9?

Really appreciate the help!



Standard CSS3 rotate should work in IE9, but I believe you need to give it a vendor prefix, like so:

  -ms-transform: rotate(10deg);

It is possible that it may not work in the beta version; if not, try downloading the current preview version (preview 7), which is a later revision that the beta. I don't have the beta version to test against, so I can't confirm whether it was in that version or not. The final release version is definitely slated to support it.

I can also confirm that the IE-specific filter property has been dropped in IE9.

[Edit] People have asked for some further documentation. As they say, this is quite limited, but I did find this page: http://css3please.com/ which is useful for testing various CSS3 features in all browsers.

But testing the rotate feature on this page in IE9 preview caused it to crash fairly spectacularly.

However I have done some independant tests using -ms-transform:rotate() in IE9 in my own test pages, and it is working fine. So my conclusion is that the feature is implemented, but has got some bugs, possibly related to setting it dynamically.

Another useful reference point for which features are implemented in which browsers is www.canIuse.com -- see http://caniuse.com/#search=rotation

[EDIT] Reviving this old answer because I recently found out about a hack called CSS Sandpaper which is relevant to the question and may make things easier.

The hack implements support for the standard CSS transform for for old versions of IE. So now you can add the following to your CSS:

-sand-transform: rotate(10deg);

...and have it work in IE 6/7/8, without having to use the filter syntax. (of course it still uses the filter syntax behind the scenes, but this makes it a lot easier to manage because it's using similar syntax to other browsers)

Try this

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<style type="text/css">
body {
    margin-left: 50px;
    margin-top: 50px;
    margin-right: 50px;
    margin-bottom: 50px;
.rotate {
    font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 16px;
    -webkit-transform: rotate(-10deg);
    -moz-transform: rotate(-10deg);
    -o-transform: rotate(-10deg);
    -ms-transform: rotate(-10deg);
    -sand-transform: rotate(10deg);
    display: block;
    position: fixed;

<div class="rotate">Alpesh</div>

I also had problems with transformations in IE9, I used -ms-transform: rotate(10deg) and it didn't work. Tried everything I could, but the problem was in browser mode, to make transformations work, you need to set compatibility mode to "Standard IE9".

I know this is old, but I was having this same issue, found this post, and while it didn't explain exactly what was wrong, it helped me to the right answer - so hopefully my answer helps someone else who might be having a similar problem to mine.

I had an element I wanted rotated vertical, so naturally I added the filter: for IE8 and then the -ms-transform property for IE9. What I found is that having the -ms-transform property AND the filter applied to the same element causes IE9 to render the element very poorly. My solution:

  1. If you are using the transform-origin property, add one for MS too (-ms-transform-origin: left bottom;). If you don't see your element, it could be that it's rotating on it's middle axis and thus leaving the page somehow - so double check that.

  2. Move the filter: property for IE7&8 to a separate style sheet and use an IE conditional to insert that style sheet for browsers less than IE9. This way it doesn't affect the IE9 styles and all should work fine.

  3. Make sure to use the correct DOCTYPE tag as well; if you have it wrong IE9 will not work properly.

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