With our tips you can turn the screen back into the right position. For Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, Android and Linux.

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Hans Christian Dirscherl

Is your screen suddenly upside down? Don’t panic: With our tips you can turn the monitor image back into the right position. For Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, Android and Linux, as well as for iPad and iPhone. With keyboard shortcuts, via the system settings and via the control center (iOS).


Rotate screen 90 or 180 degrees – how it works

The issue:

Your monitor suddenly shows an upside down image. This can happen on Windows 10, but also with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 or with Android screens and on Linux computers.


Rotate screen 90 or 180 degrees ? this is how it works

You probably accidentally pressed a key combination that rotates the monitor image by 180 degrees. Those are them

most common keyboard shortcuts or shortcuts to flip screen content



Whether and which of these shortcuts work on your Windows PC depends on its configuration. By no means does every key combination necessarily work on every Windows PC):

  • CTRL + arrow key

  • CTRL + ALT + arrow key

  • CTRL + SHIFT + arrow key

  • CTRL + SHIFT + 9 (for 90° rotation)

We explain step by step how to immediately undo the mistake and rotate the screen image back into the correct position. Either via the Windows system settings or via the graphics card driver settings or via key combinations (shortcuts). On computers ➤

with Windows 7, Windows 8
or ➤

Windows 10/11
as well as ➤

. On desktop computers and on laptops. Also ➤

on the iPad
you can rotate the screen. Alternatively, you can of course also use our tips to consciously rotate the screen. There are good reasons for this, which we present below.

The solution: How to rotate the screen

There are three ways to turn a monitor image that has been rotated 90 or 180 degrees back into the correct position: The Windows system settings, the graphics card driver settings and keyboard shortcuts.

Windows 7 and 8: Rotate the screen via system-preferences

On Windows 7, go to Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Display. Then click Change Display Setting or Adjust Resolution. Both buttons open the “Screen resolution” menu. Or you can choose the alternative way: Click with the right mouse button on the Windows desktop and select the entry “Screen resolution” from the mouse menu that then appears. Then you will also end up in the “Screen resolution” menu.


Windows 7 System Settings: Screen Resolution

In the “Orientation” pull-down menu, you can choose from four different options in Windows 7: Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (rotated), Portrait (rotated).


Windows 7: Choose from a variety of formats.

Select the orientation you want – this should usually be “landscape”. The small monitor preview above the selection menu shows you what the screen display will look like.


Windows 7: The screen has been rotated 90 degrees.

Now click OK. The image now switches to the newly selected orientation for a few seconds. If you want to keep these, click on “Keep changes”. This should already solve your problem!

Incidentally, depending on the selected orientation, it may well be that you not only see the image the wrong way round, but also that the mouse pointer is no longer so easy to control. But don’t panic: the image will automatically snap back to its original position after a few seconds, unless you click on “Keep changes”.


You can also try “portrait format” or another orientation that does not currently match your monitor without hesitation. Because after a few seconds, the image jumps back to the original setting, unless you click on “Keep changes”.


Windows 7: Rotate screen using right-click context menu.

Windows 7, 8: Rotate screen via graphics driver setting

The context menu of the right mouse button also gives you access to the graphics card driver settings.

On our Windows 7 Pro computer, this comes from Intel because our computer has an onboard graphics chip from Intel. So right-click on the desktop of your Windows PC and select “Graphics Properties” and then “Display” from the context menu that appears. Then set the screen size under “Rotation”. With the value “0” you restore the original state. There is also a preview function here.


Windows 7: Rotate screen using right-click context menu, but this time using the graphics card driver.

Windows 8: Rotate the screen using graphics card settings

Windows 7, 8, 10/11: Rotate screen using keyboard shortcut

There are various key combinations with which you can rotate the screen display in no time at all.


However, these shortcuts only work if Windows is responsible for rotating the screen. If, on the other hand, the graphics card driver is responsible for rotating the screen display, then the following shortcuts will not work!

Possible Windows key combinations for rotating the screen are:

  • CTRL+arrow key

  • CTRL+ALT+arrow key

  • CTRL+Shift+Arrow Key

Let’s take the example CTRL+ALT+arrow key: Hold down both the CTRL and ALT keys simultaneously and also press one of the four arrow keys on your keyboard. The arrow key up forces the usual display, the arrow key down turns the screen content upside down. The left or right arrow keys rotate the image left or right accordingly. Feel free to try it, you can use the buttons to undo the change immediately. In contrast to the way via the Windows system settings, the change is implemented immediately with the key combinations.

This key combination works not only on desktop computers, but also on notebooks.

However, the first and the last combination do not work on any computer known to us. They depend on the graphics card used.


Windows 8: Display Settings

Windows 10/11: Rotate screen via system settings

In addition to the key combinations mentioned above, you can also change the screen orientation under Windows 10 via the system settings, provided that Windows is responsible for rotating the screen (and not the graphics card driver). The quickest way to do this is to right-click on the desktop. Then select the entry “Display settings”. Or you go via the Windows start menu to “Settings” (second icon from the bottom in the leftmost menu bar) and then “System, Display”.


Windows 10: Rotate the screen

This opens the “Display” page (formerly: Screen) in the Windows settings. And there you can select the desired format again under “Screen orientation”. With “Landscape” you set the optimal standard setting, a misaligned screen should be fixed with it.

Windows 10: Rotate screen via graphics driver setting

However, you can also select the “Graphic properties” entry in the context menu with the right mouse button; this item may also be called “Nvidia Control Panel” – namely when Nvidia graphics card drivers are installed. However, you will not end up in the Windows Control Panel, but in the settings of the graphics card driver.

With an Intel graphics chip, for example, you can specify the orientation of the screen content in the “Display” menu under “Rotation” and you will also get a preview here. A value of “0” restores the default setting.

It works the same way in the Nvidia Control Panel under “Display, Rotate Display” if an Nvidia graphics card is installed. Like on our desktop computer with Windows 10 Pro and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 6 GB.


On this Windows 10 machine, the Nvidia Control Panel is responsible for rotating the screen.

Extra tip for Windows 7, 8, 10/11: Rotate screen with two monitors

The key combinations described above also work on computers that are connected to two monitors. The change in screen orientation triggered by the key combination always takes place on the monitor on which the cursor/mouse pointer is currently active.

Background knowledge: That’s why the monitor-view can be rotated

It makes perfect sense that Microsoft built a screen rotation feature into the Windows Control Panel. Because for certain purposes, for example, an upright screen makes sense. For example, to view long Excel spreadsheets. If the monitor can be turned upright on the hardware side, the screen display must of course also be adapted for this. This is exactly what the corresponding menu in Windows and the graphics card driver and the corresponding key combinations are for.

Android: rotate screen

On an Android smartphone such as a Samsung Galaxy model, the screen rotates when you select the “Auto rotate screen” option in “Settings, Accessibility”. The quickest way to do this on Android is to pull down the quick settings bar and tap the auto-rotate icon or screen-rotate icon. On Samsung smartphones, you need to tap the portrait icon for “Rotate screen” to appear.

See this page for Samsung’s related instructions.


Enable screen rotation on a Samsung smartphone.


You can see whether you have (accidentally) activated the screen lock in the status bar. If there is a lock icon there, tap it. Now the icon should change and the screen rotates again.


These settings you should choose on a Samsung smartphone

Linux: Rotate screen via system-preferences

On a PC with Ubuntu Linux and Gnome desktop, go to “Settings, Displays” to get to the screen orientation menu. You can access this menu via the small triangle at the top right.

On a machine running Ubuntu Linux and the Unity desktop, go to System Preferences, Hardware, Displays to align the screen. You can access this menu via the gear icon at the top right.

Here you change the screen orientation on a computer with Ubuntu Linux. The gear icon at the top right, which takes you to the system settings.

In the “Alignment” menu item, restore the standard state with Normal. Again, there is a preview that immediately shows how your changes will affect you.

Rotate iPad screen

iPad owners often struggle with this problem: They turn their iPad, but the screen doesn’t turn with it. The reason is very simple: you (accidentally) have the

Orientation lock enabled.

Here’s how to remove them: Swipe your finger down from the top right corner. The iOS control center opens. The Orientation Lock icon (with the lock icon) should be colored orange when Orientation Lock is on. Tap the icon to turn off the orientation lock. Now the screen should pan again when you rotate the iPad.

Some old iPads still have that

mechanical side switch

to activate the orientation lock on the case edge. Turn it off to allow the screen to pan again.

Under “Settings, General, Side Switch” on these old iPads you can specify whether the side switch should control “Orientation Lock” or “Mute”. So switch from “Orientation Lock” to “Mute” here. You can then use the side switch to mute the iPad, but you can no longer prevent the screen from panning.


Orientation Lock is an orange icon with a lock

Rotate iPhone screen

iPhone owners have the same problem as iPad users: You turn your iPhone, but the screen doesn’t turn with it. Again (accidentally) the orientation lock is activated. So on iPhone, swipe down from the top right corner. The iPhone control center opens. The icon for the orientation lock can also be found here colored orange. Tap on the icon to switch off the orientation lock again. Now the iPhone screen should pan again when you rotate the iPhone.


Not all iOS apps support flipping between portrait or landscape mode.

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