Rotating your Windows screen is helpful in many situations. For example, you may want to view a presentation from your laptop in portrait mode instead of landscape mode. Or, you might have two screens side-by-side and want to change the orientation of one of them. This guide shows you how to rotate or flip your screen in Windows 11.
Using Display Settings
- Right-click on the desktop and select Display settings.
- Click the drop-down menu next to Display orientation.
- Four options will come up:
Landscape: This is the standard orientation. The screen is wider than it is tall.
Portrait: This flips the screen 90 degrees. It’s taller than it is wide.
Landscape (flipped): Like Landscape mode, but flipped 180 degrees.
Portrait (flipped): Like Portrait mode, but flipped 180 degrees.
- Select the orientation you want, then click Keep changes.
Utilizing the Settings App
- Open the Settings app (press Windows + I on your keyboard or click the Start button, then select the gear icon).
- Go to System > Display.
- Under “Display orientation,” select the orientation you want.
- Click Keep changes.
Using the manufacturer’s control panel
- Open any browser and search for your graphic card manufacturer’s control panel. (Usually Nvidia Control Panel or AMD Catalyst Control Center).
- Download and install the control panel. In my example, I’m using Catalyst Control Center as I have an AMD graphics card.
- After installation, the Catalyst Control Center icon will appear in the taskbar. Right-click it.
- Go to your first graphics card option > Rotate display > Select the orientation you want.
Utilizing the screen keyboard shortcuts
Some keyboard shortcuts can rotate the screen. However, these shortcuts only work if you have Intel HD Graphics.
- Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow: Rotates the screen 90 degrees to the right.
- Ctrl +Alt + Left arrow: Rotates the screen 90 degrees to the left.
- Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow: Restores the screen to its normal upright position.
- Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow: Turns the screen upside down.
If you have an Intel graphics card, but these shortcuts don’t work, you need to activate System hotkeys.
- Open your graphics command center.
- Click the gear icon in the left-hand menu.
- Switch on the toggle for Enable the System Hotkeys.
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