How to Change Screen Orientation in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change the display orientation when using Windows 11.

By default, Windows can rotate your screen without additional software. If you have a display that rotates, Windows can automatically adjust the screen to the correct orientation as well.

Windows 11 supports different screen orientation. You can change your screen to orientation to landscape, portrait, landscape (flipped), or portrait (flipped) easily. For some tablet and mobile devices, this setting is automatic and the screen orientation changes when the device rotates.

There are also hotkeys that can rotate your screen, too, and if one of these hotkeys are accidentally pressed, users get confused when their display is suddenly in landscape mode when it should be in portrait.

If you have graphics card from Intel, NVIDIA or AMD, options to rotate your PC’s screen may also be available through these software. However, the built-in Windows option should work on all PCs. If Windows can’t rotate your screen, then you may want to use the options available in your system graphics card. 

To get started with changing Windows screen orientation, follow the steps below.

How to rotate the display in Windows 11

As mentioned above, one can change their screen to orientation to landscape, portrait, landscape (flipped), or portrait (flipped) in Windows 11 easily.

The steps below show you how.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, then select the Display tile on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Display settings pane, select the monitor you want to change its orientation. If you have more than one displays, then select the correct one. (ex. display 1, 2 3, etc.).

Next, scroll down, and under the Scale & layout, choose the display orientation you want. Your options are: Landscape (default), PortraitLandscape (flipped), or Portrait (flipped).

When you choose a display orientation, you’ll be prompted whether to keep the new settings with 20 seconds to decide. If you don’t decide within the 20 seconds time frame, the changes will be reverted to the previous state.

If the changes are ok, click the Keep changes button to keep the new display settings.

How to change display orientation with keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11

One can also change the screen orientation in Windows 11 using keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts below will give you the same results as described above.

  • Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow = Rotates display orientation to landscape. (default)
  • Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow = Rotates display orientation to upside down.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow = Rotates display orientation 90 degrees to the right.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow = Rotates display orientation 90 degrees to the left.

That should do it!


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