People who are using Windows 10 for a long time knows almost everything about the operating system. They know how to troubleshoot things, they know different shortcuts, and they also know which apps to install and which apps not to install. However, very few people would be aware of functionalities that may sound weird.
For example, very fewer people would know how to turn their computer screen upside down. Now that begs for a question why someone would do that. The only reason that fits the agenda is to play a prank on someone’ computer. Learning a new funky trick won’t harm anyone so here is how you can turn your computer screen upside down.
Using the Shortcut Keys:
As mentioned earlier, most Windows users are aware of important shortcuts that help in saving time and effort. So, the shortcut obsessed Windows user can add another a quick trick in their arsenal, and that’s flipping the screen upside down using the keyboard. Here are the keyboard shortcuts that you can try:
- The combination of ctrl + alt+ the down arrow will flip the screen upside down.
- The combination of ctrl + alt+ the right arrow will rotate the screen 90° to the right.
- The combination of ctrl + alt+ the left arrow will rotate the screen 90° to the left.
- The combination of ctrl + alt+ the up arrow will restore the standard orientation for your screen.
Using the Screen Resolution Window:
Some people do not get along with the shortcuts. Their inability to remember shortcuts force them to do things the normal way. Also, some users are unable to get their screen to rotate upside down using the shortcuts for no conclusive reason. For this category of users, the best way is to learn how to rotate the screen using the Resolution Window. It sure is difficult as compared to the aforementioned method, but in general, it is a very easy thing to do. Here is what you need to do:
1. Right-Click on the desktop to prompt the menu bar.
2. Then choose the option Screen Resolution or Display Settings depending on the version you are using. The users who have Windows XP may have to click on the option Properties followed by clicking the Display tab.
3. Now locate the option Display Orientation on the screen. By default, Display Orientation is set to Landscape. Click on the dropdown to reveal the other options you can select.
4. You will see the options Landscape, Landscape (flipped) and Portrait (flipped). To flip your screen upside down, just choose the option Landscape (flipped) and then hit the option Keep Changes. Likewise, if you just want to flip the screen in portrait, choose the option Portrait (flipped) followed by hitting the option Keep Changes.
5. Remember, choosing any flip setting will affect the mouse as well, and it will work like an inverted cursor.
6. To normalize the screen settings, you just need to set the settings to default choosing the option Landscape.
Identify the Graphics Card you are using:
The process of rotating the screen largely depends on the graphics card you are using. Graphic card drivers play a central part in all things graphic and screen rotation certainly falls in that category. So, if you are unable to rotate the screen via the methods mentioned above, you can try determining the graphic card you are using to make it easier. Once you have identified the graphic card, determining the screen rotation controls would become straightforward. Here is what you need to do.
1. Use the combination of the Window key + R key to open the Run dialog box.
2. Next, type dxdiag. This will open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
3. Now click the Display Tab.
4. If you see that your Graphics Card is NVIDIA then you will need to use the NVIDIA Control Panel to rotate the screen. Just Right-Click on the desktop to open the NVIDIA Control Panel. The rest is as easy as following the on-screen instructions. Choose the orientation that you want that display to use, or use the buttons to rotate it 90° at a time.
5. If you identify that you are using an AMD/ATI card, use Right-click on the desktop and select Catalyst Control Center. Next, choose the option Rotate Desktop under the section Common Display Tasks and you will be able to rotate the screen as per your preference. Remember, if you are unable to see this option of Rotate Display then it is a suggestion that your graphics card’ drivers need updating. Update them and you will be able to see that option.
So, these are the three simplest methods that can help you in screen rotation. You may not use this function anytime soon, but knowing things that others do not know provides you with an edge of being cool, isn’t it?