How to flip or rotate the screen on a Windows computer to fit your display

You can flip your screen on a Windows computer with just a few clicks.

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You can flip your screen on a Windows computer with just a few clicks.
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Because Windows 10 runs on devices with all sorts of form factors – from tablets and laptops to desktop monitors that physically rotate from landscape to portrait – Windows includes the ability to flip and rotate the screen to suit whatever display you’re using.

Whether you need to adjust the screen for a new device, or it’s “stuck” in the wrong orientation and displaying everything sideways, you can flip the display to suit your needs.

This technique works in every modern version of Windows, from Windows 7 through Windows 10.

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How to flip or rotate the screen on a Windows computer

1. Right-click the Windows desktop (on a blank space where there’s no open program window) and click “Display Settings” in the pop-up menu.

A fast way to get to the Display Settings page is by right-clicking on the desktop.

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A fast way to get to the Display Settings page is by right-clicking on the desktop.
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2. On the Display page, if you have more than one monitor installed, choose the display you need to rotate.

3. Click the orientation drop-down and choose the rotation you need. You can choose Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (Flipped) or Portrait (Flipped).

You can rotate the display in any direction using the Orientation menu. If you pick the wrong option, press Escape.

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You can rotate the display in any direction using the Orientation menu. If you pick the wrong option, press Escape.
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4. If you accidentally choose the wrong one, press the Escape key to revert to the way it was before. If you like the change, click “Keep Changes.”

Another way to open the Display Settings is to click the Start button, click the Settings icon, and then choose “System.”

In some versions of Windows, you can flip the screen with keyboard shortcuts as well. The latest version of Windows 10 has disabled these shortcuts, but if you still use an older version of Windows, here are your options:

  • CTRL + ALT + Up Arrow changes to Landscape mode.
  • CTRL + ALT + Down Arrow changes to Landscape (Flipped) mode.
  • CTRL + ALT + Left Arrow changes to Portrait mode.
  • CTRL + ALT + Right Arrow changes to Portrait (Flipped) mode.