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How to rotate a laptop or PC screen and flip your display sideways

Portrait or landscape; how do you get a new perspective on your screen?

With the advent of the tablet, more people nowadays want their laptops or PCs to display in portrait rather than landscape mode. They may not want to rotate the laptop or PC all the time, but there will be times when this is preferable to viewing in widescreen mode.

Presuming that you have a monitor or laptop display that can pivot, it should be easy enough to rotate it 90 degrees or even 180 degrees to view your display and be even more productive in many situations. We will show you how to spin your display in this guide below.

How to rotate a Windows PC or laptop with the keyboard

With Windows 7, 8, and 10, you can use the keyboard to rotate the display (you may have even accidentally done this and wondered why you now have to look at your display with your head tilted. 

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To do this, you can just hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and any arrow key to flip the screen 90 degrees, 180 degrees, or 270 degrees. The display will go black for a second before it displays in its new rotation. To get back to a normal rotation, simple press Ctrl+Alt+Up arrow. 

Using the Control Panel to rotate a PC or laptop display

If for some reason you can't use the keyboard, Windows can rotate the display for you via the Control Panel. In Windows 7, type Control Panel in the search bar, then Appearance and Personalisation, Display and Screen Resolution. Click on the screen you want to change (if you have multiple monitors) and change Orientation between Landscape and Portrait. To rotate screen, select Landscape (flipped) or Portrait (flipped).

Alternatively, for Windows 10, you can click on the Windows icon (Start button) in the bottom left-hand corner. Then click on the settings icon (which looks like a small cog), and then Display. In the menu on the right of the Settings window look for the option called "Orientation" you can then set it to either Landscape or Portrait.

Using the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel rotate display

The graphic card's control panel can also be used to rotate the display on your PC or laptop. 

These graphics cards have icons on the system tray you can click to bring up the control panel. Alternatively, you can right-click on the desktop and in the context menu, you can select Graphics Properties. 

Click on that to bring up the graphics card's control panel. This will have a host of options that change the characteristics of the display. Within a Display' or Desktop" menu icon, there should also be an option to change the rotation of the display by 90, 180, and 270 degrees (as well as zero to get you back to normal again).

With different graphics card manufacturers, things will be slightly different but the principle remains largely the same. Some investigation will unearth the option you need to rotate the laptop or PC display.

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