In Windows, the ability to rotate the screen could come in handy in multiple instances. For example, a programmer could be able to make full use of a monitor in a vertical orientation. Or maybe you have just flipped your screen due to the usage of a wrong key and looking for a way to rotate it back? This post will show you how to rotate screen in Windows 11 and Windows 10 with multiple working methods. It is handy when you need to fix your screen rotation.
How to Rotate Screen in Windows 11/10
If you have accidentally changed your monitor’s orientation, then use any of these methods to reset the orientation.
- Settings Panel
- Graphics Control Panel
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Rotation Lock
- Screen Rotate Application
One could follow any of these methods to accomplish the task of Rotating the screen in Windows 11/10.
1] Settings Panel
To rotate the screen in Windows 11/10 using the Settings Panel, here are the steps you can follow:
- Open the Settings (Win + I)
- Navigate to System > Display (available in the sidebar)
- Under Scale and Layout, find Display Orientation.
- Choose the rotation option you like either from “Portrait,” “Landscape,” “Portrait (Flipped),” “Landscape (flipped).”
- Click on the Keep Changes button.
With this, you would be able to complete the task of rotating the screen. You can revert to the original rotation using the same method.
2] Graphics Control Panel
When one uses a graphic card from either of the companies out there, they get additional software from the brand to control the settings. The same could be used for rotating the display as well.
- Open the Graphics Control Panel
- Head over to the Display Menu, and click Rotate Display
- Choose the orientation from the list of options and Click on Apply.
While all the graphics control panel applications from brands differ in UI, they have almost the same settings and functionality.
3] Keyboard Shortcuts
How easy would it be rotating the screen in Windows 11/10 with just a few clicks on the keyboard?. Yeah, it’s possible and quite easy as well. Here’s how:
- CTRL + ALT + UP – Rotates the screen to Landscape Mode
- CTRL + ALT + DOWN – Rotates the screen to Portrait Mode
- CTRL + ALT + RIGHT – Rotates the screen 90 degrees right.
- CTRL + ALT + LEFT – Rotates the screen to 90 degrees left.
These keyboard shortcuts could come in handy in situations where one has rotated the screen by mistake and would like to revert it to normal without moving into settings.
4] Rotation Lock
Windows isn’t just for desktop’s it could be installed on convertible devices like a 2-in 1 Laptop, Tablet, and lots more. So when you rotate your device and want your screen to flip/rotate as per the orientation, here’s what you can follow.
- Open Windows 11/10 Settings
- Navigate to System Settings
- Under the Display Menu, toggle off the option for Rotation Lock
What does this do? Whenever you rotate the device, the screen would flip as per the orientation of your machine. It works like a charm, as seen on smartphones as “Auto-Rotate.”
5] Screen Rotate Application
In the methods mentioned above, there are quite a few steps one would need to follow to get the screen rotated in Windows 11/10. But if you do prefer a more straightforward method of turning your screen in Windows, here’s a third-party application that could help you out.
- Download and Install Screen Rotate from the Microsoft Store
- Launch the application, and Select your Display on the screen.
- Now click on either of the four available rotation options:
- Invert Right
- Invert Left
- Invert Down
- Invert Default (Invert Up)
Also, you could head over to the Settings of the Screen Rotate application and find the customized shortcut keys for rotating your screen in Windows 11/10 quickly.
In the case of Multiple Monitors, make sure to select the display before changing the orientation.
I hope this post was easy to follow, and you were able to Rotate the Screen on Windows 11/10. That said, Which method do you prefer, using in-built settings/apps or installing a third-party application?
Why Can’t I Flip My Computer Screen?
If you have a convertible PC or tablet, Windows 10 can automatically rotate your display, much like your smartphone. However, you may lock your screen rotation in place. Hence, if you are not able to flip your computer screen, ensure that you don’t have a rotation lock in place.
How to Flip Computer Screens Upside Down or Sideways
To rotate the screens upside down or sideways, you can always use the Settings Panel. Head over to Settings > System > Display > select the orientation from the dropdown next to Screen Orientation under Scale and Layout.
How to Rotate Your Screen with Hotkeys?
Yes, it is possible to change the screen orientation using Shortcuts. The CTRL + ALT + Up Arrow changes to Landscape mode, CTRL + ALT + Down Arrow changes to Landscape (Flipped), CTRL + ALT + Left Arrow changes to Portrait and CTRL + ALT + Right Arrow changes to Portrait (Flipped) mode.