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How to rotate your screen on Windows 10 and 11

Turn your screen sideways or upside down.
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November 17, 2022
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If you need to rotate your screen on Windows 10 or 11, then it is a very easy thing to do. Many people, for example, like to have tall displays in portrait mode to maximize their screen real estate and make scrolling through feeds easier. If this sounds like you, then flipping the display to the side (or even upside down, if that’s your thing) takes a couple of seconds. Here’s how.

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QUICK ANSWER

There are two methods to rotate your screen on Windows 10 or 11. If you're planning to rotate the screen and keep it that way, you can go to the Windows settings > System > Display > Scale and layout. Under Display orientation, choose Landscape or Portrait. On the other hand, if you are planning to change orientations regularly, you can use the key combo CTRL + ALT + one of the arrow keys to flip between them.

How to rotate your screen on Windows 10 and 11

First, hit the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up the start menu. This is the Windows 10 start menu, but it’s more or less the same on Windows 11. Click the Settings cog on the left or start typing ‘settings’ into the search box.

windows 10 start menu

Go to System > Display. In the Display section, scroll down to Display orientation. You will see your screen rotation options here. Since you will usually already have Landscape mode on your monitor display, you will likely want Portrait. But if you have it on Portrait and dislike it, you can come back here and switch back to Landscape again.

windows 10 settings display rotate

The screen will now rotate. You have about ten seconds to click Keep changes before it automatically reverts back to the previous orientation.

windows 10 rotated display

If going through the settings each time feels a bit too laborious, you can also use a keyboard combination. This is CTRL + ALT + one of the arrow keys (depending on which direction you want the screen to turn.) But this shortcut is a bit glitchy on Windows 11 and doesn’t always work. When I tested it, it sometimes changed the screen brightness instead.


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