Turn the screen in Windows 10: How it works

Turn the screen in Windows 10: How it works

If you need to turn the screen in Windows 10 because the image is displayed sideways or upside down, simple on-board tools of the operating system help. We show you what to do.

From time to time it may happen that the screen in Windows is displayed upside down due to an error. The picture is almost upside down. This problem can occur, among other things, when you work with external monitors – especially with rotatable monitors. Luckily, a solution to this is pretty simple.

Rotate the screen in the Windows menu

Windows 10 itself has an interface that allows you to change the orientation of a screen.

  1. Right-click on a blank space on the desktop
  2. Open the "Display Settings" in the context menu
  3. With several attached monitors you must now select in the top settings for which you want to rotate the picture
  4. Scroll down in the settings to the point "Screen orientation" and set this to "Landscape"
screen orientation

In the ad settings, you can set the orientation of the screen.

After that, the screen itself should turn back in the correct direction and correct the display.

Rotate screen with keyboard shortcut

Because a PC with a twisted screen is not that easy to use, there is another option on some computers. With this you do not have to click through a menu, but can use a keyboard shortcut.

Prerequisite is that you operate your PC with an Intel graphics chip, which also supports the keyboard shortcut. If so, you can rotate the image by pressing CTRL + ALT and an arrow key at the same time. If that does not work, the feature is either not supported or it is not enabled.

You can check this by right-clicking on a free space on the desktop and then selecting the "Intel Graphics Settings". If this point is not displayed, then your PC is most likely not using an Intel graphics card and this option is not available anyway.

Intel graphics settings

On some computers, rotating the screen is supported by a shortcut key.

But even with Intel graphics chip, the key combination is not always available, but depends on the exact chip and the driver version.


  1. If the image is twisted on your Windows 10 PC, you can easily straighten it over the display settings
  2. Right-click on the desktop, select the "Display Settings", then scroll to "Screen Orientation" in the window and set it to "Landscape"
  3. Some PCs also support the rotation of the screen using the key combination CTRL + ALT + arrow keys

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