How to flip or rotate the monitor display in Windows

Computer monitorThere are a few reasons a user would like to rotate their display. Many programmers prefer physically turning their monitors 90 degrees and switching to a portrait view. Sometimes, the display can get turned sideways or upside down. Either way, you'll find help in the next few sections. To proceed, select an option from the list below and follow the instructions.

Shortcut key combination
Windows 7, 8, and 10
Windows XP and Vista
Third-party utility
Unable to navigate Windows

Shortcut key combination

Some graphics cards allow the user to rotate the screen by holding Ctrl + Alt and pressing one of the arrow keys. For example, pressing Ctrl + Alt + down arrow with flip the image on your screen upside down, and pressing Ctrl + Alt + up arrow would put it back to normal.

Note: This method only works with some video cards. If this keyboard shortcut does not work for you, select your version of Windows from the list above, and follow those instructions instead.

Windows 7, 8, and 10

  1. Press the Windows key, type Display settings, and then press Enter.
  2. A window should open similar to the one shown below.

Windows 10 display settings menu

  1. Select the monitor whose orientation you'd like to change.
  2. Under Orientation, click the down arrow at the edge of the box.
  3. Select your orientation, Apply, and then OK (non-Windows 10 users).

Windows XP and Vista

  1. Minimize all of your currently open programs by pressing Windows key + D.
  2. Right-click any blank spot on the Desktop.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Graphics Options, and then Graphics Properties.
  4. In the window that opens, select the Rotation tab.
  5. Choose your desired settings, click Apply, and then OK.

Third-party utility

  1. Look on the far right side of the Windows Taskbar (with respect to how your screen is currently oriented) for any icon in the Systray related to your video card. For example, NVIDIA's utility should look similar to the icon shown here NVIDIA icon.
  2. When you locate the utility, right-click the icon and select open. NVIDIA users are looking for the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  3. Try to locate any rotation settings. NVIDIA users should see Rotate display under the Display section on the left-hand side of the window.
  4. Choose an orientation and exit the program
  5. If you are unable to locate any utilities or rotation settings, open your display properties by clicking Start, Settings, Control Panel, and double-clicking the display icon. Within display properties, check the settings tab for any additional settings or rotation settings that may be able to correct your issue.

Tip: If you still cannot find feature to rotate the screen and your screen is upside down or sideways, we recommend deleting the Display adapter in Device Manager and rebooting the computer to reinstall the video card.

Tip: Always install the latest Windows updates to keep your video drivers current.

Unable to navigate Windows

  1. Boot the computer into Safe Mode. Because no third-party software utilities are loaded when the computer is booted into Safe Mode, your display should look normal.
  2. If you are familiar with what program enabled your display to be rotated, attempt to load the program through Safe Mode and correct your settings.
  3. If you are not familiar with how the screen was rotated open Device Manager, remove the Display adapter, and reboot the computer to reinstall the video card.
  4. If this does not resolve your issue, we recommend installing the latest video drivers on your computer.

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