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Turn your screen upside down and rotate back to normal

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By accidentally pressing a combination of keys, you have turned your screen upside down - now what? Your screen is turned upside down or flipped sideways. How do you turn your screen back to normal? And how can you flip your screen to display portrait images?

In this report we’ll explain to you how you can turn your screen by 90 and even 180 degrees and how you can reverse this process.

Rotate your screen - why?

Sometimes you have good reason to rotate your display. It can be helpful if your monitor is standing upright, allowing you to work on long texts or presentations more comfortably. You will see more text if your screen is in a vertical position. In this case, it is not enough to simply flip your monitor. You will also have to adjust your on-screen display. How may you ask? In order to have both monitor and on-screen display in an upright position, you can change the screen settings in your Windows’ system preferences.

You possibly even rotated your screen by accident. In this case, you will also have to flip your screen, this time back to its normal position this time. There are two possibilities to do so: either by consulting your Windows’ system preferences or by pressing a combination of keys. The key combination can vary depending on your version of Windows and your graphics board.

Windows 7, 8 and 10: Flip screen with key combination

There are various key combinations that you can use to quickly change the orientation of your display on your screen. These combinations depend on the type of graphics board in your monitor. You can simply try which key combination is the right one for your computer.

Ctrl+Alt+arrow key: Try pressing the Ctrl and Alt key simultaneously and additionally use one of the four arrow keys. By pressing the top arrow key your screen’s standard position will show, using the down key allows you to flip your computer screen upside down. The arrow keys left and right rotate your screen to the left or the right. Compared to using your Windows’ settings you immediately see the results of your actions when using the key combinations and are able to quickly adjust the screen to your preferences. This key combination works on notebooks and laptops as well as on desktop computers.

More possible key combinations to rotate your computer screen are +arrow key or Ctrl+Shift+arrow key.

Rotate screen Windows 10 using system preferences

If you work with two monitors simultaneously and mainly use one of the screens to read long texts or to display PDF files, it could be helpful to rotate the second screen. Of course, the on-screen display should match the upright position of the monitor. Besides using the key combination to flip your screen, you can also consult your computer’s settings to rotate your screen in Windows 10. This is how it works:

  • Right-click with your cursor on a free spot on the desktop.
  • Select “Display settings”.
  • Under “Orientation” you can choose the format you want. By selecting “Landscape” you turn your screen back to normal.

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Rotate screen Windows 8

Problems with your ideal orientation can happen when using every Windows system, including Windows 8. And of course, there is also a solution to turn your computer screen with Windows 8. The easiest way is to use the key combination Ctrl + Alt + arrow key up. If this key combination doesn’t work, you can also try Alt Gr + arrow key up.

If this key combination didn’t work, it is possible that your graphics board doesn’t support this key combination. You can then manually change your screen’s orientation. For this, please follow the steps below:

  • Select “Control Panel” in your Windows start menu.
  • Choose “Appearance and Personalisation”.
  • Go to “Screen” and “Resolution”.
  • Under “Orientation” select “Landscape”.
  • Click on “Save” or “Apply” to turn your computer screen.

Flip Windows 7 screen

You can also rotate your Windows 7 screen. To do this, see the following steps:

  • Go to “System control”.
  • Click on “Appearance and Personalization” and select “Display”.
  • Now you can either “Change display settings” or “Adjust screen resolution”.
  • Both options lead you to the “Screen resolution” menu.
  • It is a bit easier to simply right-click on a free spot on your desktop and select “Screen resolution”.
  • Under “Orientation” you can now choose between four options: Landscape, portrait, landscape (flipped) and portrait (flipped).
  • Select the option wanted, with "landscape" being the standard. There is a small preview of the monitor above your menu to show you how the selected option would change the orientation of your on-screen display.
  • Now click “OK” and your screen will adjust to the selected orientation in a couple of seconds. If you want to permanently apply this orientation you will have to confirm “Apply”. Now your on-screen display should have the desired orientation.

Depending on the orientation you choose, you might not only flip your computer screen sideways but you could also experience problems with your mouse. But don’t worry: Your on-screen display will only stay problematic for a few seconds and will then return to its prior position if you don’t click on “Apply”.

Rotate Mac screen

Even though it is less likely to accidentally rotate your screen when using a Mac compared to Windows, you still might need to flip the screen, for example when planning a presentation in a portrait orientation.

However, you cannot rotate the built-in screen using the monitor settings. These settings only pop up when you connect an external display, which you want to rotate. Then you will have to follow these steps: “System preferences”, “Monitors” and now select the degree of adjustment: Standard, 90°, 180° or 270°.

If you are looking to flip the screen of an iMac or MacBook you might find “How to rotate screen on Mac: Turn Mac display round 90 degrees” helpful.


Do you need help with adjusting your Windows computer display? Then you might find articles like “How to rotate a laptop or PC screen: flip your display on its side”, “How to Rotate Screen in Windows” and “How to Fix a Sideways Screen on Your Windows Computer” helpful. Were you able to rotate your computer screen, but now it refuses to change to another orientation? Then find a TrustATec service partner near you. Our technicians will professionally solve your computer problem.

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