Rotate computer screen

How to rotate a laptop or PC screen

How to rotate your screen

Quite often we come across shortcuts that aren’t necessarily helpful. If you have ever found yourself working away on your computer and your screen suddenly rotates, that is one of those times. While there are some legitimate reasons you would want to rotate your screen (i.e. using it as a marketing display, beside another screen when working on different types of media), most people do it in error. There is a key combination to rotate your screen for when you want to turn your screen. Luckily you can quickly rotate your laptop or computer screen easily by pressing the following combination of keys:

If you’re running Windows 7 or 8, you can quickly rotate your screen 90°, 180° or 270° at any time by pressing three keys.

  • Simply hold down Control + Alt and then select the arrow key for which way you want your laptop or PC screen to face.

e.g. CTRL+ALT then Up Arrow

How to Disable Screen Rotation

If you want to avoid hitting this key combination altogether, follow the steps below (note: some graphics options may be slightly different, but you should get the idea here)

Disabling the screen rotation feature

If the display has rotated (90, 180, or 270 degrees) after using the Windows Accessibility Wizard or while playing a game, or just mashing away at your keyboard, you can rotate the display so you can view it.
To rotate the display, follow the steps below.
  1. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys at the same time and then press the UP arrow key while you are still holding down the CTRL + ALT keys.
  2. Click the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator icon in the system tray.
  3. Select Graphics Properties.
    1. Graphics properties
  4. Click Display Settings.
    1. display settings
  5. Uncheck the box labeled Enable Rotation and then click Apply.
    1. enable or disable rotation
  6. Click OK to confirm the change.
    1. click okay
The rotation feature is now disabled.

Disabling the hot keys

You can disable the hot keys to prevent the display from rotating unexpectedly in the future.
To disable the hot keys, follow the steps below.
  1. Click the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator icon in the system tray, select Graphic Properties from the menu, and then click Hot Keys.
  2. Uncheck the box labeled Enable Hot Keys, click Apply, and then OK.
    1. disable hot keys
The hot keys feature is now disabled.

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