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How to rotate screen on laptop or PC: rotate your screen 90° in Windows 7 and 8

Flip your screen into vertical mode on your Windows 7 or 8 laptop and PC

You can rotate your laptop or PC screen easily in Windows 7 and 8 using a number of methods. Here’s where we show you how to rotate your laptop or PC screen 90° in Windows 7 and 8.

There are two main reasons you might want to be rotate your Windows 7/8 laptop or PC’s screen 90°. The first is that you have a fancy external display that rotates and you want to match your desktop orientation to that of your physical screen. The second is that you are either the antagonist or protagonist in a devious office prank where you change the screen orientation on Windows in the name of banter.

Here’s how to rotate your laptop or PC screen 90° in Windows 7 and 8

The first thing we should tell you is that Windows itself has very little to do with this aspect of display, instead relying on your graphics card drivers.

How to rotate your laptop or PC screen: Method one

The first way you should try to rotate your laptop or PC screen is with the keyboard shortcut. Whether this work for you or not will depend on the hardware and software on your PC. Some software, for example Nvidia and AMD drivers, allow you to create ‘Hotkeys’ to rotate the screen using a shortcut such as Shift-Alt-Arrow keys.

How to rotate your laptop or PC screen: Method two

The other method requires you to delve into the Control Panel to change orientation, which could be a pain if you rotate your monitor from landscape to portrait (and vice-versa) regularly. (However, the lack of a hotkey option could be because you don’t have the software installed. For example, Intel’s Graphics and Media Control Panel needs to be installed in order to use hotkeys to rotate the display.)

How to rotate your laptop or PC screen: Step one

The quickest way to rotate the screen in Windows 7 or 8 is to right-click on the desktop and choose Screen resolution.

Rotate screen in Windows - Screen resolution

How to rotate your laptop or PC screen: Step two

You’ll see a graphic showing how Windows thinks your monitors are arranged, but you can click on a display to select it, and then drag it to the appropriate position. If you’re not sure which is which, click the Identify button and giant numbers will clear things up.

Rotate screen in Windows - Control Panel

How to rotate your laptop or PC screen: Step three

On our laptop with an Intel graphics chip, rotating the screen (or the external monitor attached via HDMI) is as simple as choosing the right orientation from the drop-down menu.

Rotate screen in Windows - Intel

How to rotate your laptop or PC screen: Method three (Nvidia graphics card)

If you have an Nvidia graphics card, you’ll see an option to launch the Nvidia Control Panel when you right-click on the desktop, so choose this instead of Screen resolution.

Rotate screen in Windows - NVidia

In the left-hand menu, choose Rotate display. If you see a message saying you can’t rotate the display with Stereoscopic 3D enabled, click the link and untick ‘Enable Stereoscopic 3D’. Then you will see the options for rotating the display back in the Rotate display section. On our test machine, 3D was enabled despite us not having a 3D monitor connected.

Rotate screen in Windows - Nvidia Control Panel

How to rotate your laptop or PC screen: Method four (AMD graphics card)

If you have an AMD graphics card, click on Catalyst Control Centre when you right-click on the desktop. Then, look for the rotation option, which may be under different headings depending on how old or new your Catalyst Control Centre version is. On newer versions it’s under Common Display Tasks.

Rotate screen in Windows - AMD Catalyst Control Panel

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