Perhaps you’ve connected an external display and your primary screen has gone crazy as a result, or you’re trying to look at a vertical infographic in its entirety rather than chunk by chunk. If your screen isn’t set up correctly, it can make completing tasks more difficult. So, how do you rotate your computer screen in Windows?
Continue reading to learn how to rotate your screen manually, how to enable or disable the auto-rotation feature, and how to quickly flip your PC screen using keyboard shortcuts. You’ll be flipping screens and rotating to portrait mode like a pro in no time.
Why would you need to rotate your screen?
How to rotate screen: vertical and back for Windows 7, 8, and 10
- Press the Windows key, type “Display settings” and press Enter
- A window will pop up with display customization options.
- Select the display you’d like to change (to either a vertical or horizontal orientation)
You’ll probably only see your main display screen, labeled 1, unless you’re using a multi-monitor or dual-monitor system. If you have more than one screen, your primary screen will be labeled 1 and your secondary screen will be labeled 2, and so on.
- Under Orientation, click the down arrow at the edge of the box
- Choose the orientation you want, click Apply, and then OK
How to change or update your auto screen rotation feature
Enable or disable screen rotation using Action Center
- Open up the Action Center or press Windows key and the “A” key at the same time
- Click on the “Rotation lock” button to toggle on or off
- Are you unable to locate the button? Simply select the Expand option from the Quick actions area’s top-left corner.
- If the Rotation lock switch button does not appear in the Action Center, your PC either does not support the feature or you must manually add it by going to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Add or remove quick actions, and then adding the Rotation lock switch button.
- If the Rotation lock is grayed out, your device may have an external device attached, such as a removable keyboard, or your convertible PC may be in laptop mode. Remove the keyboard or switch the convertible to tablet mode to change this.
Enable or disable screen rotation using the settings
- Open Settings
- Click on Display
- Under the Scale and layout area, change the Rotation lock on or off
Enable or disable screen rotation using Registry
- Open Start
- Search for regedit and click the first result to open the Registry
- Use the follow path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation
- Double-click Enable DWORD and change the number from 1 to 0
- Press OK
- Restart your computer
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How to use or assign hotkeys or shortcuts to rotate your screen
A keyboard shortcut or hotkeys can also be used to rotate your screen.
- You should be able to change or flip your display using the rotate screen shortcut on Windows 10 devices.
- Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys at the same time, then press the Up Arrow key while keeping the CTRL and ALT keys pressed.
- You might find it useful to create your own hotkey if you frequently switch between different screen orientations.
How to rotate your screen in Windows: solutions for your work and lifestyle
When you move your phone around, your screen automatically flips or rotates, and you probably don’t even realize it. However, the orientation switch may not happen automatically on your laptop or tablet.
Knowing how to change the orientation of your screen is a useful skill to have. It’s also a good idea to learn how to auto-lock your rotation in case you’re watching a video from an unusual angle or need to flip the screen for a presentation.