However, if this has never happened and you have no idea why anyone would want such a setup, just think about the videos you watch online, for example. Nowadays, many of them are recorded with standing orientation, which makes viewing on a common screen quite uncomfortable.
There are still people who work in the design field and need to switch sides that were mirrored. For all of them, there is the possibility to activate screen rotation. If you want to find out how this is possible, follow the information below!
Running the screen through computer settings
In general, there are several ways to enable screen rotation. One of them (possibly the main one) is to change the computer’s settings.
Navigate to your device’s settings option. To access this menu, just right-click on the desktop and select the “display settings” option;
If there is only one monitor, it will be easy to go through with the configuration. If you use two screens, you will need to select which one will be rotated;
Click on the button referring to the “screen orientation” option;
Choose your favourite orientation from the four available. You can select landscape, flipped landscape, portrait and flipped portrait.
After this process, a window will appear in front of you containing two buttons: “keep changes” and “revert”. The first of these options save the chosen orientation and the last one restores the previous setting.
Rotate the screen by the graphical control panel
It is still possible to activate screen rotation through another settings panel: the video/graphics. This action is possible on both Windows 10 and 11, okay?
In this case, the control panels, normally used for basic things like changing colors and saturation on computers running Intel, Nvidia, and AMD, can be used to rotate the screen to another orientation.
To reach the main objective, it is necessary to follow some steps, which are described below. Follow up!
Accessing Display Settings
The quickest way to enable screen rotation from the graphical panel is simply right-clicking on your computer’s home screen and selecting the “show more options” option.
Next, click on the “control panel” option, available in the open window in front of you.
Enter rotation menu
The second step is to choose to “rotate the screen”. On some devices, this same button may be named differently, so look for something similar to what’s available.
Make your choice
On the screen, four different rotation options will appear – as happened in the previous case, in the PC settings. You can choose your favourite among landscape, inverted landscape, portrait and inverted portrait.
Definitely change the screen rotation
After choosing your preferred orientation, a new window will appear. In it, you will need to confirm whether you want to keep the selected option or go back to the previous one. In this case, just click “yes” for the first case or “no” for the second.
If none of them are selected within a period of 10 or 20 seconds, depending on the system, the previous setting will automatically be maintained.
Ready! Now your screen is exactly how you would like it to be.
Use hotkeys to rotate your computer screen
If your operating system is Windows 10 or 11, you’ll still be able to enjoy another feature: enable screen rotation through your keyboard shortcuts. For this, you must follow the tips mentioned below:
To rotate the screen: press the Ctrl + Alt + right arrow or left arrow keys at the same time;
To flip the screen: press the Ctrl + Alt + up arrow or down arrow keys at the same time;
To return to horizontal (default) orientation: hold down and press Ctrl + Alt + up arrow;
To turn the screen upside down (180 degrees): hold down and press Ctrl + Alt + down arrow;
To rotate the screen 270 degrees: hold down and press Ctrl + Alt + left arrow;
To rotate the screen 90 degrees: hold down and press Ctrl + Alt + right arrow.
Remember that this method can be used in Windows 10 and 11 natively. However, other versions, such as Windows 7 and 8, for example, also allow such settings, as long as they are performed previously in the control panel.
How do I disable screen rotation?
If you’ve followed the steps mentioned in this article but at some point decided it was time to go back to the original configuration, don’t worry! Turning off screen rotation is as simple as turning it on.
To do this, just go to your device’s configuration panel, click on “system” and then on “display”. Then, just select the desired orientation again and confirm at the end.
All of these methods can be used with the monitor horizontally. However, if your device allows manual adjustment, try turning it vertically, to use it as a sort of cell phone screen.
In some situations, this can make all the difference!