How to Turn Your Computer’s Vertical Screen to Horizontal

Ever wondered if you can switch your computer screen to portrait mode? Turning on full screen can allow you to get the best out of your photos, videos, and sometimes even your Facebook and Twitter feeds. Sometimes your work requires you to turn on the vertical computer monitor screen. So, is it possible? 

Typically, your laptop or PC screen orientation will be set to horizontal mode by default. Windows 10, for the most part, works on horizontal screen settings; however, there are situations when the screen automatically switches to vertical.

Your Windows 10 computer does not require other software to rotate the screen settings to a different orientation. This feature is beneficial for computers with rotating monitors. Your PC might already feature a hotkey on the keyboard that allows you to switch to different orientations easily. Sometimes, you accidentally cause the screen to go to a different orientation, and you don’t know how to return.

So, how do I get my screen back to normal size on Windows 10? Here’s how you can flip the computer screen vertical horizontal on your Windows 10 laptop or PC. 

Rotating Or Flipping The Screen Orientation On A Windows 10 Computer


The method of rotating the screen’s orientation on a Windows 10 computer is simple and easy. Go to the Windows search tool, write “rotate screen,” press the Open button, and click on the Display Orientation menu. Here’s a more detailed guide:

  • Find and click on the Search icon, which is the magnifying glass located in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  • Write “rotate screen” in the search tool and then click Open.
  • Open the drop-down menu under the Display Orientation and select your preferred option. You will find this setting in the Scale and layout section.
    Note: For systems with multiple monitors, make sure to select the correct monitor from the Display menu first before switching orientations. 
  • The Display Orientation menu will have the following options:
    • Landscape: This is the default orientation. Choose this to rotate your screen to full-screen mode. 
    • Portrait: This mode will switch your screen orientation to vertical, rotating 270 degrees. 
    • Landscape (flipped): This mode will flip the screen upside-down 180 degrees.
    • Portrait (flipped): This mode will rotate your screen orientation to vertical and upside-down, which is 90 degrees.
  • To quickly switch back to your original screen orientation, press the Esc key on the keyboard.

Rotating Screen Through Keyboard Shortcuts


Another easy and quick way of rotating the orientation of your screen on your Windows 10 computer is with keyboard shortcuts. Press the keys Ctrl + Alt + right or left arrow keys simultaneously to switch between landscape and portrait mode. To flip the screen upside-down or right side up, press down Ctrl + Alt + up/down arrow keys together.

  • For horizontal orientation, press the Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow keys at the same time; this will rotate the screen to the default setting of Windows 10. 
  • To flip the screen upside-down, which is 180 degrees, press Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow key simultaneously. 
  • To change your screen orientation to 270 degrees from the default, simultaneously press the Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow key. 
  • To rotate the screen 90 degrees, press the Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow key simultaneously.

Rotate The Screen Orientation Through The Intel HD Graphic Control Panel

One of the methods of rotating the screen orientation on your Windows 10 PC is through the Intel graphic card’s control panel, which is commonly found on Windows systems.

You can access the graphic card control panel through a clickable icon on the system tray. If you are unable to locate it, you can open the control panel by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Graphics Properties from the context menu, which will take you directly to the Intel Graphic Card Control Panel.

Once you are there, you will see a range of options that will allow you to adjust the display characteristics, including the screen orientation. You will find the settings for screen rotation within the Display’ or Desktop” option.

Find the rotation setting from the menu, where you can select to rotate the screen to 90, 180, and 270 degrees. There is also a 0-degree rotation option which will take you back to the default orientation.

How to rotate a display Using the NVIDIA Control panel

NVIDIA graphics card users can easily change the screen orientation vertical and horizontal from the NVIDIA Control Panel. Follow these steps:

  • Go to your computer’s desktop screen and right-click on an empty space.
  • Find and select NVIDIA Control Panel from the menu.
  • Find the Rotate Display option on the left side of the window and click it. 
  • Find the Choose the orientation on the right side of the window and place the for on Landscape.

We have explained how to change screen orientation using Intel and NVIDIA Control Panel. Other graphics cards might have slightly different controls; however, there will be some similarities, so you will not have any issues rotating your display. If you face any problems, share them with in the comments section.

How to Turn Off Auto Screen Rotation on Windows 10


Convertible PCs and tablets running on Windows 10 come with an automatic rotate display feature that changes display orientation as the device orientation changes. The Automatic Screen Rotation features on laptops and tabs function similar to iPhones and Android smartphones. Similar to smartphones, convertible PCs and laptops also have a Turn Off Auto Screen Rotation option.

Windows 10’s Action Center has a quick action tile that has an auto-rotation on or off button. To disable auto-rotation, follow these simple steps: 

  • Find the notification icon in the bottom right corner of the taskbar and open it. You can also press Windows+A keys simultaneously to open it.
  • If you find the “Rotation Lock” tile and it is dark, click on the tile to turn it on and disable automatic display rotation. Click on Expand to see other tiles if you don’t find the “Rotation Lock” tile.

Note: The tile will appear dark if the Rotation Lock is disabled. On enabling, it will be highlighted. If you cannot find the Rotation Lock tile, then most probably, your device does not support auto screen rotation. However, the tile has to be added by customizing the Action Center in some cases. 

  • Once the Rotation Lock is disabled, the display will stop rotating automatically and will stay in its current orientation. 

If the method mentioned above doesn’t work, you can disable the auto-rotation from the computer’s settings. Follow these steps:

  • Click on the Windows Start button. Type Settings in the search bar or click on the Settings wheel. 
  • Once the Settings window opens, click on settings and then select display. 
  • Scroll down the display settings to find the “Rotation Lock” slider.
  • Toggle the slider to “On” for enabling Rotation Lock and disabling automatic screen rotation. 

Uses of Horizontal Display

The horizontal display is commonly used for most computing tasks. Whether you are watching videos, browsing websites, playing games, editing documents, and most other daily tasks, using your display in landscape mode is the best way to go. Like vertical displays are common in smartphones, laptops and PCs will continue to rely on horizontal displays. 

Uses of Vertical Display

As explained above, horizontal display orientation is most common in laptops and PCs; however, there are times when you would want to use your display in vertical mode. 

Vertical mode is excellent for reading and proofreading because you don’t have to scroll down constantly, especially if you have a 2-in-1 device with a detachable keyboard. Photo and video editors and graphic designers use monitors in vertical mode to make editing and designing more convenient. Vertical monitor displays are also commonly used by advertisers, restaurants, hospitals, universities, and others. 

Closing Words

We hope that you will now be able to change screen orientation successfully with our easy fixes. If you face difficulties in disabling vertical computer monitor displays, please share your monitor display orientation-related issues with Reviewsed in the comments below. 

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