How to rotate laptop screen and fix a rotated screen

What to do when your screen suddenly rotates without you knowing? Read this article for more information

Reasons the laptop screen is rotated

This is not a display error, you may accidentally press the wrong combination of screen rotation keys or selected the wrong screen rotation feature

How to fix it?

Using the Rotation feature

When rotated, do as follow:

Right-click the desktop window, then select Graphics Options>Rotation>Rotate To Normal

Or right-click the desktop window, select Screen resolution (for Window 7 or lower) or Display settings (for Windows 10)

Then, at Display orientation, select the type of rotation you want:

  • Landscape: Rotate in the default landscape
  • Landscape (flipped): Invert the screen
  • Portrait: Rotate the screen 90 degrees to the left
  • Portrait (flipped): Rotate the screen 90 degrees to the right

Fix rotated screen using shortcuts (keys combination)

Additionally, if you find it difficult to fix it using a mouse, shortcut keys are a great solution for you. These shortcuts will help you make your screen get back to normal:

  • CTRL + ALT + Up arrow:  Rotates the screen to default landscape
  • CTRL + ALT + Down arrow:  Rotate the screen upside down
  • CTRL + ALT + Left arrow:  Rotate the screen 90 degrees to the left
  • CTRL + ALT + Right arrow:  Rotate the screen 90 degrees to the right

What is the purpose for rotating the screen? When to do it?

The portrait screen will help you display more of the web page content , and does not waste 2 empty areas on the edge of the screen compared to when rotating horizontally. For example, using the vertical screen to use Facebook  will display more news each time you scroll

Or if you’re a programmer or text editor, the portrait screen displays more of the text, it’s easier to see and no need to scroll too many times

For streamers who use several screens at once, portrait screens give them more flexibility in streaming operations such as reading comments, adjusting connections, ect.