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How to rotate your Chromebook's screen

Here's a short guide on a highly convenient function - rotating your Chromebook's screen
February 11, 2022

Rotating your Chromebook’s screen is easy, and highly convenient in numerous situations. There are a few ways to rotate your screen. The keyboard method is the fastest, but the other method offers more control. Tablets and 2-in-1 machines will handle this automatically. Here’s a short guide on how to rotate the screen on a Chromebook.

Read more: The best Chromebooks

Quick answer

The easiest way to rotate your Chromebook's screen is to press Ctrl + Shift + Refresh. This will rotate your screen by 90 degrees.

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How to rotate the screen on a Chromebook

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Luckily, this is an easy process and can be highly convenient for showcasing presentations or using your device in a different way. This process is automatic for most Chromebook tablets. There are two ways to go about rotating your screen.

Using the keyboard shortcuts

rotate Chromebook screen shortcut prompt
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Press the Ctrl + Shift + Refresh buttons to rotate your Chromebook screen. A popup will confirm if you want to perform the action or not. If you’re here, you probably want to do it, so hit Continue. This will rotate the screen by 90 degrees each time you perform the shortcut.

Using the system settings

If you want more direct control over how your screen rotates follow these steps:

  • Open your Settings.
  • Go to Device, then Displays.
Chromebook display settings
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  • Click the orientation dropdown menu.
  • Choose your preferred orientation.
Rotate Chromebook screen settings
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Further reading: The best Chromebook tablets

How to rotate a second screen on a Chromebook

By moving your cursor to your other connected display, you can rotate that screen by using the keyboard shortcut— Shift + Ctrl + Refresh.

If you want to rotate an extra screen connected to your device to a specific orientation, just use the system settings method found above to turn your display around. Just be sure to select your external display as the one you’d like to rotate.

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Frequently asked questions

Use the Shift + Ctrl + Refresh button shortcut to turn your screen until it is back to normal.”