How do I rotate my screen 90 degrees?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

To rotate your screen 90 degrees on a laptop or PC running Windows 8, Windows 10, or Windows 11, you can easily do it using your keyboard. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to accomplish this:

1. First, make sure you are on the desktop screen or any other screen where you want to rotate the display. This method doesn’t work on all applications, but it should work on most desktop environments.

2. Press and hold the Ctrl and Alt keys simultaneously on your keyboard. These keys are typically located at the bottom left or bottom right of your keyboard.

3. While holding down Ctrl and Alt, press any of the arrow keys. Each arrow key represents a different rotation direction: the up arrow key rotates the screen 180 degrees, the left arrow key rotates it 90 degrees counterclockwise, the right arrow key rotates it 90 degrees clockwise, and the down arrow key resets the rotation to its default orientation.

4. Once you press the desired arrow key, the screen will go black briefly, and then it will rotate to your preferred orientation. If you press the arrow key multiple times, the screen will continue to rotate in that direction.

It’s worth mentioning that not all graphics drivers support screen rotation via keyboard shortcuts. In such cases, you may need to manually adjust the display settings using the graphics control panel provided by your graphics card manufacturer.

Additionally, if you prefer a visual method to rotate your screen, you can also access the display settings from the Windows Control Panel or the Settings app in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Here’s how:

1. Right-click on an empty area of your desktop and select “Display settings” from the context menu. This will open the Display settings page in the Windows Control Panel.

2. In the Display settings, scroll down to the “Orientation” section. Here, you’ll find a drop-down menu that allows you to select the desired screen rotation: Landscape (default), Portrait, Landscape (flipped), or Portrait (flipped).

3. Choose the rotation you want from the drop-down menu, and the screen will rotate accordingly. Click on “Apply” or “OK” to save the changes.

These steps should help you rotate your screen to your desired orientation. Remember, the keyboard shortcut method may vary slightly depending on your operating system version, but the general concept remains the same.