How to Rotate Screen in Windows 10

Change the screen orientation on your computer screen

What to Know

  • Go to: Settings > Display > use the dropdown menu under Display Orientation to choose Landscape, the default setting.
  • The keyboard shortcut Ctrl + alt + the up arrow will move a screen back to landscape orientation on some older computers.
  • The keyboard shortcuts used to change page orientation have been removed by many graphics manufacturers.

This article covers how to change the orientation of the display on your computer display to landsape or portrait using the Display menu or using keyboard shortcuts.

How to Rotate Your Screen in Windows 10

If you're adding a new screen to your computer and you'd like to have it portrait orientation instead of landscape, or if you're playing a prank on someone in the office (or maybe you've been the target of the prank) and your screen is suddenly displaying upside down, it helps to know how to change the orientation quickly. Here's the no-fail way to get your screen flipped to the orientation that's comfortable for you.

  1. Click the Start button and select Settings. Or, right-click an empty spot on your desktop and select Display settings.

    Alternatively, you can use to keyboard shortcut Windows Key + X to open the Power User's menu, then select Settings from there.

    The Settings option in Windows 10.
  2. In the Settings dialog box that opens, select System.

    The System option in the Settings dialog box in Windows 10.
  3. In the System menu that appears on the next dialog box's left, select Display if it's not already selected.

    The Display option in System in Windows 10 Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Scale and layout section of the dialog box and select the Display orientation dropdown menu.

    The Display Orientation option in Widows 10.
  5. Select the desired orientation from the list of available options:

    • Landscape: This is horizontal, the default orientation for monitors.
    • Portrait: This rotates the screen 270 degrees to make it vertical. This is useful if you want to flip your monitor on its side to use for longer documents.
    • Landscape (flipped): This is horizontal but flipped upside down.
    • Portrait (flipped): This is vertical but flipped upside down.
    Orientation options for screens in Windows 10.
  6. Your screen will be changed to the orientation option you selected, but a confirmation message will pop up. Select either Keep changes if this is the new orientation you want your monitor to have, or select Revert to go back to the previous mode.

    If you decide you don't like an orientation after you've flipped your screen in Windows 10, you can always follow the steps above to change it to something different.

    A confirmation to keep or revert changes to display orientation in Windows 10.

How to Flip a Screen in Windows 10 With Keyboard Shortcuts

A far easier way to rotate your screen in Windows 10 is to use keyboard shortcuts. Unfortunately, many modern display manufacturers have disabled these shortcuts. So, you can give this a try, but don't be surprised if it doesn't work.

The keyboard shortcut to flip your screen is Ctrl + Alt + any of the arrow keys.

  • Up Arrow Key: Resets the display to the default landscape mode.
  • Right Arrow Key: Sets the display to a vertical orientation (rotated 90 degrees).
  • Bottom Arrow Key: Flips your screen horizontally but upside down (rotated 180 degrees).
  • Left Arrow Key: Flips your screen vertical and upside down (rotated 270 degrees).

If you try these keyboard shortcuts and they don't work, you can still use the first method mentioned above; going through the Windows Settings apps.

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