How to Rotate a Laptop or PC Screen: Flip your Display on Its Side

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Landscape mode is a good option for most laptops and PC applications. Sometimes, however, the screen’s location can affect your productivity. This is especially true if you need to display or work with information in a tall or thin window.
It may be worth rotating your work window 90 degrees if you have a monitor you can tilt to portrait mode. This guide will show you how to rotate your desktop to maximize productivity.
How to flip a laptop screen or computer screen sideways
Flipping screens can help employees remember to lock their devices when they leave the office. No matter the reason, turning your screen 90 degrees is easy. Here’s how it is done.
How to Rotate a Laptop Screen or PC Screen with Your Keyboard
You may be able rotate your screen quickly using Windows 10 or 11 with an Intel CPU by pressing three keys.
Hold down Control + Alt then choose the “arrowkey” to change the way your computer or laptop screen will look.
The screen will go black for a short time and then return to its original orientation within a few seconds. To restore your screen to its original settings, press .
This combination of keyboards will rotate your screen and open applications.
This feature can only be used on Intel devices that support it. To check if your device supports it, go to Intel Graphics Settings
How to check for a Rotation Option in Intel Graphics in Microsoft Windows
Right-click anywhere on your Desktop, and choose “Intel Graphics Settings.” if you don’t see one, go to the next section.
Select “Options & Support”
Next, choose “HotKey manager.”
Screen rotation shortcuts are what you’re looking to find. If it isn’t there, your device may not support it.
You don’t need an Intel HD GPU to verify your rotation options. Using screen rotation with the Intel(r), Graphics Control Panel is another option. There are a couple of other Intel panels, including the Intel (r) Graphics Control Panel and the Intel (r) Graphics Media Accelerator driver,. These follow the same steps.
How to rotate a laptop or computer screen via the Control Panel
To rotate your screen you can use the Windows Control Panel. However, it may be difficult to change it back once the appearance has been flipped and the mouse movements have changed. You can rotate your monitor and it will work! This is how it works.
Right-click on the Windows desktop to select the “Display Settings” dropdown menu.
Scroll down to the “Settings->Display” menu and click on the “Display orientation dropdown. Select your rotation from this list.
The screen will automatically change. A prompt appears. To save your rotated display settings, select “Keep Changes”.
How to Rotate a Laptop Screen or Computer Screen using AMD/Intel/NVIDIA Control Pane
You can also rotate the display by using your control panel on your graphics card.
Notable: It is impossible to list all the software suites (AMD Catalyst Control Center and NVIDIA Control Panel). This guide is intended to be a guide only.
Right-click Windows desktop and select the Control Panel for your graphics card. Or, right-click on the System Tray icon.
To locate the rotation option for the monitor you are interested in, look at the “Display” and “Desktop menus. It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Rotation can be adjusted as needed. Some control panels will automatically adjust it. Others require you to click or “Apply.”
During screen rotation, a confirmation will appear asking you to confirm any changes.

Locking your Screen in Place on a Tablet or Laptop
The Rotation Lock feature allows you to lock your screen to prevent it from rotating , but only if the device has an internal gyroscope such as a laptop with detachable screens or a tablet. Rotation Lock is not available for desktops. Lock the screen rotation if you have been the victim of too many office jokes, or if you want to stop a new user from accidentally flipping your screen.
Click on the Action Center Icon, or press ‘Windows key + A.”
Next, click on the “Rotation lock” button.
After you have done this, your screen position will be locked. You can unlock the orientation settings of the screen by following the steps described in this section.
How to fix screen orientation when stuck
Many users report that their screen is stuck in one place. Hotkeys won’t fix the problem and often users can’t even enter their password to access their computer. If your screen is stuck in one place and none of the above options work, let’s look at some alternatives.
You can also try powering down your computer (which will likely not work since your system will remember your last orientation), and then unplug your peripherals. After waiting a few minutes, you can plug them back in. The system may then reboot in the correct orientation.
You can use the keyboard shortcut to access your registry if screen rotation doesn’t work.
Next, enter “regedit” into the box. Finally, hit ” Enter ” for a new window.
From here, follow the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/AutoRotation.
4. Double-click LastOrientation, and then enter into the Value box. This will allow you to change your screen orientation. If your screen is facing in the wrong direction, it can be difficult to follow. To make it easier, rotate your monitor.
How to rotate a laptop or PC screen on a Mac
Here’s how to rotate the screen on a Mac.
Click on the ‘Apple Menu’ to select ‘System Preferences.”
Click on to go to Displays > Display Settings.
Then, select your display.
Next, click on the “Rotation Pop-up Menu and choose the desired amount.
In the window that opens, select and click “Confirm”.
You can easily reverse the rotation by selecting “Rotation> Standard.”
FAQs about Windows/Mac Tablet/PC Screen Rotation
If I turn off my computer, will the screen spin back?
The orientation it was in the last time you used will be restored. You can only rotate it back using one of these methods.
My screen won’t rotate even after I have updated it. What should I do?
If your screen stops rotating after the update, make sure that the rotate function has not been locked. Follow the Intel Control Panel steps if it isn’t.
What can I do if my screen won’t turn?
You should power cycle your device to check if the rotate lock function works. If the problem persists, you can try disengaging your peripherals and reconnecting them.
Finally, you can use Microsoft’s built in troubleshooting software for your sensors. Your computer’s screen orientation may stop working properly if it has a driver problem. For further assistance, you can either contact a repair shop or check for a manufacturer warranty to replace the driver.
What happens if there are two screens, but only one appears flipped?
You can click on the screen to adjust and then use the keyboard to correct the problem. Alternately, you can head to the control panel and select the screen to rotate, then choose the orientation.
If the problem persists, unplug the peripherals. Then plug the monitor into your computer.
Why can’t Ctrl+Alt+Arrow be used in Windows?
The Hotkey combination “Ctrl+ Alt + Arrow” is not working for you. This could be because your computer’s graphics card does not support this function. To confirm functionality, use the “Ctrl+ Alt + F12” keyboard shortcut to select “Options and Support” and then click on “Hotkey manager” to browse for your keyboard shortcut.
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