How to rotate your PC screen




How to rotate your PC screen

Do you want to read documents and web pages more comfortably on the small screen of your notebook? Do you want to drive your friend crazy who is not very accustomed to the world of computers by making him a funny and original trick? Then the best advice I can give you is to try to rotate the PC screen.

You probably weren’t aware of it, but you should know that PCs based on the latest editions of Windows integrate a special feature thanks to which it is possible to rotate the screen in a way that is in some ways similar to what is possible with smartphones and tablets. If you are not satisfied with its “standard” functionality or if you are using an older version of Microsoft’s operating system, you can always and in any case rely on the use of third-party resources, such as the ad hoc program I have decided on. to talk to you in this tutorial.

How do you say? Do you also have a Mac and a computer with Ubuntu, and would you like to understand if, even in this case, it is possible to carry out the operation in question? Of course, yes, God forbid. If you are interested in this, read the ad hoc steps that I have included in the final part of the tutorial, and you will immediately find out how to do it. But now, just chat, and let’s take action. I wish you, as usual, happy reading, and I wish you tremendous good luck with everything.

Rotate the screen on Windows

As I said at the beginning, rotating the PC screen is very feasible thanks to the use of the ad hoc features included in Windows as well as through the use of special third-party programs.

As for the use of the standard features, it must be taken into account that the procedure to be initiated is slightly different depending on the version of Windows used. So let’s see how to proceed on Windows 10, 8 / 8.x, 7, Vista, and previous versions. Find everything explained in detail right below.

Windows 10

screen resolution in Windows 10

If you are interested in understanding how to rotate the PC screen with Windows 10 installed, the first step you need to take is to click on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) in the bottom-left part of the taskbar and click the Settings icon (the gear ) in the menu that opens.

In the window that at this point you will see appear on the desktop, click on the System icon and, in the next screen, select the Screen item located on the left. If you want to speed up these steps, you can also right-click anywhere on the desktop where there are no icons and select  Display Settings from the menu that opens.

Now, locate the word  Orientation and click on the drop-down menu below so you can select the type of orientation you want to set for the screen. You can choose from Landscape  (default setting, allows you to flip the screen horizontally),  Portrait  (to flip the screen vertically),  Landscape (flipped)  (to flip the screen horizontally but flipped), or  Portrait (flipped)  (to flip the screen vertically but upside down).

After selecting the desired option, press the Keep changes button in the window that appears on the screen in order to confirm and apply the choice made. If, on the other hand, you have changed your mind and want to restore the previous setting, press on  Restore.

Windows 8 / 8.x

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Do you use a computer with Windows 8 / 8.x installed and would like to understand how to rotate the PC screen? I’ll explain it to you right away! First, click on the Start button (the Windows flag ), which is at the bottom left of the taskbar, look for the Control Panel on the Start Screen, and open it.

The window that appears on the desktop, click on the Appearance and Personalization item and/or on the Screen item (depends on the type of display set), and then presses on Screen resolution. If you want to speed up these steps, click anywhere without desktop icons and choose the Screen Resolution option from the menu that appears.

In the window, you now see, expand the Orientation drop-down menu and indicate the degree of rotation you want to apply to the screen. You can choose between Horizontal  (this is the default setting, it allows you to flip the screen horizontally),  Vertical  (to flip the screen vertically),  Landscape (upside down)  (to flip the screen horizontally but upside down), or  Vertical (upside down)  (to flip the screen vertically but upside down).

Once you have made your choice, click on, Apply button at the bottom and on the OK one so that the changes made are first applied and then kept on your computer.

And if what you are using is a tablet or a hybrid device, to be able to rotate the screen, you just need, very trivially, to rotate the device horizontally and vertically. By doing this, the orientation of the desktop will automatically adapt to the position of the device.

You can also lock or unlock the aforementioned functionality instantly using the Win + O key combination. Alternatively, call up the Charms Bar by placing the pointer (or finger) in the top or bottom right corner of the screen, go to Settings, select the Brightness item and activate or deactivate the automatic rotation of the desktop using the attached screen icon to the menu that appears.

Windows 7 and Vista

Windows Vista

To rotate the screen of the PC with Windows 7 or Vista installed, click on the Start button (always the one with the Windows flag ), which is at the bottom left of the taskbar, and click on Control Panel in the Start menu that opens.

In the window displayed on the desktop, click on Appearance and Personalization and or the Screen item (depends on the type of display set) and presses on Screen resolution. Alternatively, right-click anywhere on the desktop with no icon and select the Screen Resolution option from the menu you see.

Now, based on your needs, select one of the options available from the Orientation drop-down menu to define the orientation of the screen. You can choose from Landscape  (default setting, allows you to flip the screen horizontally),  Portrait  (to flip the screen vertically), Landscape (flipped)  (to flip the screen horizontally but flipped), or  Portrait (flipped) (to flip the screen vertically but upside down).

After making your choice, first, click on the Apply button and then on the Ok button at the bottom to make sure that the changes made are actually applied on the PC.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard Transparent

If you are a lover of keyboard shortcuts, I am happy to inform you that you can rotate your PC screen in this way too. In fact, there are special key combinations identical for all versions of Windows, thanks to which you can turn the desktop horizontally and vertically without necessarily having to set the system settings.

You ask me, what are these shortcuts? Simple: the ones you find indicated below. They work with any brand of keyboard and any layout.

  • Use Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow  to rotate the screen  horizontally  (i.e. the default orientation).
  • Use Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow to rotate the screen vertically.
  • Use Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow to rotate the screen in landscape upside-down mode.
  • Use Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow to rotate the screen in portrait upside-down mode.

Third-party tools

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You can also rotate the PC screen using third-party programs, as in the case of the free software iRotate, which, allows you to turn the Windows desktop (any edition, even XP) in any direction: 90, 180, or 270 degrees. Just install it, select the appropriate options, and that’s it.

To use it, the first step you need to take is to connect to the iRotate website and click on the Download iRotate item located on the left in order to download the program on your PC.

When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained, and in the window that opens, put the checkmark next to the item. I agree with the above terms and conditions to accept the conditions of use of the program. Then click on the Next button and complete the program installation procedure by first clicking on Start and then OK twice in a row.

Once the installation is complete, iRotate will already be running. Right-click on the program icon in the notification area (next to the Windows clock ) and select the orientation you want the desktop to assume from the menu that opens.

Selecting the item 90 degrees, the screen will rotate to the left. Clicking on 170 degrees, the desktop will rotate to the right. While selecting the item 270 degrees, you will see the screen of your PC upside down. To restore the standard desktop view, click on the Normal horizon item.

Please note that iRotate also supports the use of key combinations. Then press the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow to rotate the screen 90 degrees, Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow to rotate the screen 180 degrees, or Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow to rotate the screen 270 degrees.

Of course, at any time, you can undo the effects of iRotate and return the screen to the classic horizontal position. To do this, use this key combination Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow.

Rotate the screen on Mac

rotate screen on mac

Do you use a Mac? Even in this case, as anticipated at the beginning of the guide, you can rotate the computer screen in a manner almost similar to what happens on Windows. To do this, first, click on the System Preferences icon (the gear-shaped one ) that you find on the Dock bar.

Now, press the keys on the keyboard cmd + alt and, continuing to press and hold, click on the Display icon in the window that appeared on the desktop. Using the Rotation: drop-down menu, select the orientation you want to assign to your Mac screen. You can choose between Standard (this is the default setting, it allows you to flip the screen horizontally), 90 ° (allows you to flip the screen vertically), 180 ° (will enable you to flip the screen horizontally but upside down), or 270 °  (allows you to flip the screen vertically but upside down).

After you have made your choice, click on the Confirm button to confirm or on the Restore button to restore the previous configuration.

Rotate the screen on Ubuntu

Even if you are using  Ubuntu, you can rotate the PC screen. Like what we saw together in the previous lines for Windows and Mac, the operation is really very simple. To do this, first click on the Settings icon (the one with the gear ) that you find on the Dock bar and, in the window you see appear, click on the Devices item located on the left.

Rotate the screen on UbuntuNow, check that the Screen item is selected on the left (and if not, you can do it yourself), then click on the Orientation item on the right and select the option you prefer from the menu that opens.

You can choose between Horizontal  (this is the default setting, it allows you to flip the screen horizontally), Vertical right (to flip the screen vertically to the right), Vertical left (to flip the screen vertically left), or Landscape (upside down ) (to flip the screen horizontally but upside down).

Once you have made your choice to confirm and apply the changes made, click on the Apply button at the top right, and it’s done.

 

 

How to rotate your PC screen, LaptopWise

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