In the age of widescreens, Windows offers a really helpful function for viewing documents, or just play pranks on your friends. With a simple key-combination, you can rotate your screen into any direction – flip it upside-down, or lay it on the side:
To rotate the screen, press Ctrl + Alt + Arrow key. The arrow you press determines what direction the screen will be turned. This feature is useful especially if you can set your screen resolution to fill the screen while it lies on the side – flip your monitor on the side afterwards and you've got the perfect size and resolution for viewing documents.
Change screen orientation in Windows
Rotate screen orientation in Windows 10/8.1
As you likely know, changing the screen orientation on a desktop or laptop is normally done by right-clicking on the desktop, clicking Screen Rotation, and then selecting an orientation type. While most users prefer this method to rotate the screen on desktops and laptops, a large number of users prefer rotating the screen with the help of keyboard shortcuts.
Some graphics card manufactures offer handy shortcuts to quickly rotate the screen or change the screen orientation. For instance, on my laptop powered by Intel HD Graphics, I can simply press Ctrl+Alt+ arrow key (left/right/up/down) to rotate the screen without touching the mouse or touchpad. Hotkeys to change the screen orientation are disabled by default to avoid accidentally changing the screen rotation.
If your computer is using Intel HD Graphics and you have installed all necessary drivers, simply right-click on the desktop, click Graphics Options, click Hot Keys and then tick Enable option to turn on these hotkeys.
And if your PC’s graphics driver doesn’t support rotating screen with the help of hotkeys, you can easily create keyboard shortcuts to change the screen orientation. In this guide, we will show how you can create hotkeys to rotate screen in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
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Use iRotate to change screen orientation using keyboard shortcuts
iRotate is a tiny utility designed to help you easily rotate the screen orientation in Windows. Although it has not been updated since 2008, it’s compatible with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and the latest Windows 10.
Once iRotate is installed, you can use the following hotkeys to rotate the screen.
Ctrl+Alt+Up to rotate to the default
Ctrl+Alt+Left to rotate 90 degrees
Ctrl+Alt+Down to rotate by 180 degrees
Ctrl+Alt+Right to rotate by 270 degrees
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