How to flip or rotate a computer monitor display

Updated: 08/02/2019 by Computer Hope
Screen rotation

There 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 what operating system you're using below and then follow the instructions.

Microsoft Windows

Below are the steps for how you can rotate the screen in Microsoft Windows. Before choosing your version of Windows, you may want to try the shortcut key combination steps that works with many computers. If you're unable to navigate in Windows because of the flipped display see the steps on 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 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 side of the window.
  4. Choose an orientation and exit the program
  5. If you cannot 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 rotate the screen, delete the Display adapter in Device Manager and reboot 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.

Apple macOS

On an Apple Macintosh computer, you can rotate the display by doing the following.

  1. Open the System Preferences application.
  2. While holding the Command key, select the Display button.
  3. Select the Rotation drop-down menu.
  4. Choose your desired orientation.
  5. Exit the System Preferences application.

Google Chrome OS

To rotate the screen on a Chromebook, use the shortcut combination Ctrl+Shift+Refresh. Each time this shortcut is pressed, the screen will make one clockwise rotation of 90-degrees.