Rotate Screen in Windows 10 And Fix Screen Orientation Issues

Flipped Landscape modeFlipped Landscape mode

Unlike the previous Operating Systems, Windows 10 is more of a mobile-friendly Operating System as it comes with a tablet mode and an option to rotate the screen to your liking.

Screen orientation is the act of making the screen up-right in relation to the north pole.

Changing screen orientation can be useful in cases where you want your monitor to be placed vertically or you want your laptop to act as a tablet. There are other useful purposes of rotating the screen but sometimes Windows 10 can act crazy and mistakenly change the screen orientation.

In this article, we will talk about how to rotate screen in Windows 10 with keyboard shortcuts, using Windows 10 settings and graphics card settings. In addition, you will also learn to fix the screen orientation and reset the screen to default.

Rotate Screen in Windows 10 using keyboard shortcuts

The easiest way to rotate the computer screen while using Windows 10 is to use the keyboard shortcuts. Using these shortcuts, you can instantly change the screen orientation to your liking.

Windows gives 4 screen orientation options:

  1. Landscape
  2. Landscape (Flipped)
  3. Portrait
  4. Portrait (Flipped)

The following table will provide you the list of keyboard shortcuts and their functionality.

Keyboard ShortcutFunctionality
Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow KeyRotate screen Vertically Flipped 90° (Portrait mode)
Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow Key Rotate screen Vertically 270° (Flipped Portrait mode)
Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow KeyRotate screen upside down 180° (Flipped Landscape)
Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow Key Rotate screen horizontally 0° (Landscape)

Now it’s quite easy to understand that if your computer screen goes sideways or upside down, you can fix it by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow key to rotate it to landscape mode which is the default mode for laptops and desktops.

Here are the screenshots for each display mode:

Landscape mode:

Landscape mode
Landscape mode

Flipped Landscape Mode: (upside down)

Flipped Landscape mode
Flipped Landscape mode

Portrait Mode:

Portrait Mode
Portrait Mode

Flipped Portrait Mode:

Flipped Portrait Mode
Flipped Portrait Mode

Change screen orientation using Display Settings

If the shortcut keys are not working for you or you want a visual way to change these rotation settings, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings –> System –> Display OR simply right-click the Desktop and select Display settings.
  2. Under the Display orientation, you will find the display orientation modes which we discussed above.
    Display orientation settings
  3. When you select a display orientation mode, you will get the following confirmation message but you will get a live preview of how the changes will look like:
    Confirmation message about keeping these display settings
  4. Press the Revert button or Esc if you don’t want to apply new changes.

Enable Auto Rotate in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a tablet mode feature and auto-rotate can be enabled just like Android, iPhone and other smartphones and tablets. You can turn on auto-rotate

You can also allow the auto-rotate option in windows 10 just like you have in your cell-phones. By default, this feature is disabled. You can enable by following the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings –> System –> Display.
  2. Under Scale and layout, toggle Rotation Lock on to enable and off to disable.
    Rotation lock in Windows 10 display settings

Note: If you can not find Lock Rotation in either of these options in your PC, your hardware does not support it .

You can also enable or disable auto-rotate using Windows Registry. This can be useful when you want to automate things.

  1. Go to Run –> regedit. This will open the Registry Editor.
  2. Now go to the following key:
  3. On the right-hand pane, double-click Enable and change its value according to the following:
    Disable auto-rotate = 0
    Enable auto-rotate = 1

Rotate screen Using Graphics Options

Most of the graphics cards including Intel, Nvidia and Radeon have an option to rotate the computer screen. If you are running Windows 7 or an older Operating System, you can make use of the graphics options to rotate the screen.

  • Right-click the Desktop to open the context menu.
  • Select Graphic Options and go to Rotation
  • You will see different rotation options there. Select the desired one and the rotation will be done according to it.
    Graphics card options for screen rotation

Please note that the above-mentioned settings may vary according to the graphics card installed on your system.

I hope this guide will be helpful for you in understanding the concept of Windows 10 screen orientation and you’ll be able to fix any problems you encounter with the orientation.

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Farzeen Qureshi is an engineer specializing in mechatronics and control systems. She is well versed in various fields, including electrical, mechanical, computer, and robotics.

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