How to rotate screen on laptop or PC

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How to rotate your screen: Summary

The easiest way to rotate your screen on a Windows PC or laptop is using the Display settings, but you can also use your graphics card settings or a keyboard shortcut where supported. In this article we show you four methods for rotating your PC screen.

How to rotate your screen: Step-by-step guide

Method one

The first way you can 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.

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.)

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. In Windows 10 this is called Display settings.

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How to rotate your screen: Summary

The easiest way to rotate your screen on a Windows PC or laptop is using the Display settings, but you can also use your graphics card settings or a keyboard shortcut where supported. In this article we show you four methods for rotating your PC screen.

How to rotate your screen: Step-by-step guide

Method one

The first way you can 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.

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.)

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. In Windows 10 this is called Display settings.

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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.

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Step three

On the laptop we used for this guide - equipped 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. Just right-click on the desktop and look for a 'graphics options' entry.

In Windows 10 you can switch between portrait and landscape in the orientation drop-down menu.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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