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How to Rotate Your PC’s Screen (or Fix a Sideways Screen) (2020)

One of the most common issues faced by a Windows 10 user is a tilted or rotated screen.

You may remain thinking and scratching your head about the issue of how it happened as earlier it was working perfectly fine and now you have to tilt your head sideways to view things on your monitor which is not possible all the time.

It can undoubtedly be frustrating as not all of us are developers/ programmers and are using multiple screens on a computer as some wish to have a rotated screen for coding, programming, etc.

Things like this usually happen when you try to connect an external monitor to your PC or accidentally press some keys that rotated your screen sideways.

This article deals with some quick solutions or tricks that help you fix your tilted screen on Windows computers easily, no matter the versions of Windows you are using.

How to Rotate Your PC's Screen (or Fix a Sideways Screen)

You will effortlessly and effectively, without having any professional knowledge on computers or to worry about spending hundreds of dollars, can fix such issues. Getting to know all the tricks will solve all your problems, and if something like this happens again to you or others, you can easily fix it like a pro.

Solutions / Tricks to Fix your Tilted or Rotated Screen

1. Fix it using the keyboard

The most popular method to fix a rotated screen is by using computer keyboard shortcuts keys. You might have pressed these buttons on your keyboard accidentally which lead to these issues on your computer screen.

The trick is using the same keys to revert the process and this will work on all versions of Windows such as 7, 8 and 10.

Pressing the hotkeys can rotate your screen to 90 degrees, 180 degrees, or 270 degrees based on your preference.

Using the keyboard

Keys and their Functions

  • CTRL + Alt + UP Arrow: Pressing these keys will rotate your screen to its original default(Horizontal) mode
  • CTRL + Alt + Down Arrow: Pressing the keys will rotate your screen upside-down (180 degrees)
  • CTRL + Alt + Left Arrow: Pressing the key leads to rotation of your screen to 270 degrees
  • CTRL + Alt + Right Arrow: Pressing the keys leads to a screen rotation of 90 degrees

Change keyboard shortcut settings i. e. Enabling/ Disabling Key Functions using Intel Hd Graphics driver

2. Fixing through Controls panel/ Display settings

One of the unique features of a Windows computer is the in-built control panel program, which allows you to change your system configuration or even set display resolution according to your choice without any installation of a third-party tool.

First, go to your home screen and right-click on your desktop. A pop-up menu will now open, click on "Display Settings". You can perform the same task by visiting the Control panel option.

Click on the start menu or choose the Display Resolution option directly from the home page.

Fixing through Controls panel/ Display settings

After entering the control panel option, go to Appearances and Personalization then click Display and choose Display settings.

Once the process is done, a pop-up will now appear which allows you to change the screen resolution and orientation. After the orientation tab appears. You can see different orientation layouts e. g  landscape, portrait, landscape flipped, and portrait flipped.

Once you enter the display setting; you will see an option called Display Orientation on the right side of your screen; below the option of Display resolution. You need to click on it. Now, a small tab will slide out, displaying the following features. 

Display orientation options

  • Landscape: Sets your screen to the default orientation
  • Portrait: The model allows a screen rotation of 270 degrees
  • Landscape(Flipped): Allowing this option, leads to upside-down(180 degrees) rotation of your screen
  • Portrait (flipped): Allows your screen to change position into vertical or upside-down position(90 degrees)
Display orientation options

3. Using Graphics Drivers 

Even after trying multiple tricks, if you are not able to rotate the screen into default mode either by using the orientation panel or through the hotkeys, you can still fix the issues by using the computer graphics /display drivers.

To access the driver options, right-click on your home, select Graphics settings or even try holding multiple shortcut keys such as  CTRL + Alt +F12 to open the PCs Graphics control panel directly from your keyboard.

Once you find your settings, do make sure to enable the option called Manage Hot Keys.

 Using Graphics Drivers

4. Fixing issues using Graphic Settings/Nvidia

If you can't find the graphics drivers on your computer, you are probably not using the driver on your PC or laptop.

Make sure to update your computer using the latest Intel software either by downloading it from Google or by visiting Microsoft Website. Check for the version that will work according to your PC's configuration.

Another alternate method- you can still try if you’re still not able to rotate your screen is by using Nvidia drivers. Many latest generations of laptops use Nvidia to provide better graphics options to users. 

To access its settings, right-click on to the Homepage. After that, you will see an option called Control Panel, click and select- Display and Orientation > Rotate Display to apply Orientations.

Fixing issues using Graphic settings / Nvidia

5. Boot your computer 

Another useful method that you can try is booting your system to fix the rotated screen. If any third party application is responsible for tilting your screen sideways, try rebooting your system into safe mode first, then apply all the changes.

For the users who are not familiar with the application that caused the issue then, open Device Manager from My Computer and uninstall all display adapters. Format your system with Windows 10 OS and download the latest video drivers for your PC

6. Disable Auto Rotation

There is a feature called Automatic screen rotation in a new generation of PCs, which allows rotating the screen according to the position the device is being held.

Enabling or disabling screen rotation - Click on System Action center on your device to enable it. After clicking, you will see a bunch of options such as Tablet mode, Settings, Airplane Mode, Rotation Lock, etc.

Click on to the Rotation lock bar to keep your device locked from any further unnecessary rotations. You can also lock the auto-rotation feature of your device from the Settings options and then select ‘System’.

Enabling or disabling screen rotation

If you are still not able to locate these options in your device, then it simply means your device does not support any hardware for the accelerometer ( allows Screen Rotation). But, if the Rotation lock feature is available for your device, and it appears as faded or transparent, then use your PC into  Tab Mode, which can help you to fix the problem as sometimes the auto-rotation of the screen feature is not available for PC  mode.

3 Methods to Rotate Screen on Windows 10 Computer

The screen rotation issues do occur very frequently either caused by some accidents or sometimes due to some fault in system hardware that causes your device to malfunction.

It is always recommended to use the basic techniques first to solve your issues as it can surely solve all your problems. Regularly update your device to the latest drivers from Microsoft's official website.

So, above we have mentioned all the tricks on how to fix your rotated or sideways tilted screen on Windows 10 computers. We hope we have been able to solve your problem.

Stay tuned for more news, updates and troubleshooting problems and also don't forget to check our other articles as we always bring out something new for you to fix all your issues in just a few steps.


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