How to Rotate a Laptop or PC screen: Flip Your Display on Its Side

Most laptop or PC applications work perfectly well in landscape mode. But occasionally, the position of the screen can hinder your productivity – especially if you want to work with information in a tall and thin window. In those situations – assuming you have a monitor that you can pivot to portrait mode – it may be worth spinning your working window around 180 degrees. This quick guide will explain how to spin your desktop on its side to keep you working productively.

Whatever the reason – even if you’re the recipient of an office gag carried out by an unkind colleague – rotating your screen 90° is an easy task, and here we’ve covered a couple of ways to do it.

How to rotate a laptop or PC screen using your keyboard

How to rotate a laptop or PC screen

If you’re running Windows 7 or 8, you may be able to quickly rotate your screen 90°, 180°, or 270° at any time by pressing three keys.

Simply hold down Control + Alt and then select the arrow key for which way you want your laptop or PC screen to face.

Your monitor will then go briefly go blank and will return in a few seconds facing a different orientation. To restore this back to the traditional settings, press Control + Alt + the up arrow.

If this doesn’t work, you’ll need to use one of the methods below.


How to rotate a laptop or PC screen via Control Panel

Step one

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Another way to rotate your screen is to right-click the Windows desktop and select Screen Resolution from the dropdown menu that appears. Changing the screen orientation via Control Panel is equally simple. Press the Windows key and type in “Screen Resolution” then press enter.

Alternatively, if you’re using Windows 7, you can click Start > Control Panel > Display > Screen Resolution.

Step two

From here select the monitor that you wish to rotate from the Display drop-down box and then finally select Portrait or Landscape in the Orientation field.


How to rotate a laptop or PC screen using Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel

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You can also rotate a display using your graphics card’s control panel. (Note that there are too many different software suites to list each one individually, so treat this as a general guide.)

A shortcut to your graphics control panel can be found in a couple of places. Right-clicking the desktop and selecting the appropriate option will give you access to the Intel, Nvidia or AMD graphics card control panels, but the graphics drivers and software often add icons to the system tray on the right-hand side of your taskbar.

Double-clicking these icons, or right-clicking thereon, will normally give access to the control panel, and also often a wide range of other options, too. Handily, some also permit you to right-click their respective icons and select screen rotation from a dropdown menu.

Once the relevant control panels are open, you’ll need to peruse the ‘display’ or ‘desktop’ menus to find the rotation option for your monitor. The exact location varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, so a quick hunt around will soon locate the option you need.

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