Thursday, July 03, 2008

Rotate screen display in Windows Vista


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"OMG! My screen just rotated!" - this was the message I received from my wife through MSN. She was working on the computer at work and all of the sudden, a certain combination of keystrokes made her screen display rotate 90 degrees to the left, which basically meant that she was entering the text on MSN with her head tilted all the way to the left too.

I never used Windows Vista before, but a quick Google search allowed me to discover the correct shortcut that you can use to turn your computer display back to normal: the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Arrow key shortcut rotates the display in 90 degree increments.

Just thought this could be useful to other Windows Vista users out there that will freak out if their displays flip upside down :-)

81 comments:

dinos said...

isso não tem a ver com o Windows vista, mas sim com o software/driver da placa de video. As gráfica da INTEL normalmente tem isso

Luís Silva said...

Ya, o meu tablet também tem essa feature (embora seja tablet) mas eu também vi uma vez umas outras teclas de atalho que funcionavam em máquinas XP (que, tal como o dinos disse, penso que isto era mediante os drivers da gráfica).

Hugz,
Luís

Célia Jordão Alves said...

Sim, isso já me aconteceu. Perdi imenso tempo até descobrir como voltar ao normal. Acho q fui ao painel de controlo e encontrei a opção de rodar o ecran nas definições do laptop, ou coisa q o valha...

Anonymous said...

Thanks the INFO helped Me!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

THANK U THANK U THANK U

U R THE BEST

WITH MY RESPECT 2 OTHER TEACHERS

H3

AM JUMPING AROUND WITH MY DESPLY

Anonymous said...

OOh God thank you, you are such a life saver for two days could not use the computer and I'm preparing for an exam. God bless!!!

Alex Nelson said...

thank you!!! my cat sat on my computer and rotated the screen. how awful!!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!
You're a lifesaver!!!

Anonymous said...

Another grateful Thank You! I'm a software developer and am amazed that Microsoft would add a shortcut that was one key away from the common "next page" and "last page" browser shortcut keys. At the very least Vista should pop-up a "did you mean to do this" dialog the first time to explain what happened (like they do if you accidentally type the disabled access keystroke). Sheesh!

Anonymous said...

It's amazing that this is not documented anywhere in the help.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this. My screen was UPSIDE DOWN?!?!? It's a wonder how I found this blog standing on my head at work. ;)

Thanks again for the tip.

Anonymous said...

You rock! my 16month kid was playing with the keyboard...

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Was getting mega stressed, lifesaver pretty much

Petar Atanasov said...

Vista surprises never end!
10x António :)

Jessica P. said...

Thank-you, THANK-YOU!! My son sat on my laptop and rotated my screen. I was getting a headache trying to figure out how to fix it. Such a simple thing...when you know what to do! God Bless you for sharing this tip!!!

Hadrian said...

This is also valid for Win XP and maybe for other windows versions.

António Lopes said...

Thanks Hadrian. That's good to know :-)

Anonymous said...

My toddler just flipped my screen--thanks for saving me!

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to disable this? Seriously... I have a program where I end up using those keys a lot, and the system keeps rotating my screen on me.

António Lopes said...

Sorry mate, don't know! But you ought to look at the control panel for some options related to the display. I don't use Windows so I really don't know if there's some option for that or not.

Anonymous said...

omfg omfg omfg omfg omfg u own i love u man .... i wuz on msn too . and my gay cuzin pressed that thing

Ezra Fox said...

Thanks so much, that was a close one.

Shugo Yuy said...

It didn't work for me D= That trick worked on my school's XP's though.

Berenzino said...

glad this was here (even though I had to read it sideways!); it saved me. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Funny how some folks from Portugal and Brazil (well, I live and was born here) read english but write portuguese. Not useful, guys! Now, thanx for the post and follow this to disable the hotkeys: http://www.technologyquestions.com/technology/windows-xp-tablet-pc-newsgroup/1884-disable-screen-rotation.html

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! I had no idea what happened or how to undo it.

Lydia Vale said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
I almost freaked out

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mate....isn't it amazin how only toddlers , cats and wives end up doing this and give us a headache.
Thanks again fixed now.
Nash

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Nearly had a heart attack when I woke my laptop up this morning and the top of my screen was on the left!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! My one-year old managed to rotate it, and I wouldn't have had a clue what to do. Lifesaver!

Mark Dominus said...

I came here to post exactly what the previous comment says. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - kitten attack had given me a crooked neck until finding your post.

Anonymous said...

Haa Haaa my todler banged away the keyboards this morning and my wife screamed he broke it!! It took me a while trying to navigate the mouse :) Thanks for the tip, it's fix now

emily said...

I love you!! =D i was getting a sore neck!

'GO! said...

so helpful

Anonymous said...

Actually, this is a Dell thing, not a Microsoft thing.

Microsoft does not make it particularly easy to change screen orientations unless you have a TabletPC.

António Lopes said...

My wife's computer is not a Dell.

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot Antonio for your generosity and for being so thoughtful. Your post have been a great help...And no more 90 degree tilted head!!wheeew

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much - have no idea how it rotated - cannot blame either kid, cat or husband - somehow my finger touch a key somewhere - you have saved my sanity, not to mention my neck - who knew it as that difficult to navigate sideways - thanks again - Ninna

Anonymous said...

Just happened to me. Fortunately it somehow fixed it self after two restarts and a log-in.
Somehow a favorite program of mine (KeePass) managed to send a down arrow while I was trying to press Ctrl+Alt+Del.

Anonymous said...

Thanks man u are awsome

Anonymous said...

I confess I DID IT myself! Most of the posts point a finger at children or cats. I was able to rotate the scree alone. domo Arigato Lopes san

Sean O'Hagan said...

Thank you! Was trying to go back a page in Chrome and must have hit CTRL by mistake. Neat feature. Wish Vista popped up a message the first time a user did it.

Anonymous said...

OMG thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :D

Anonymous said...

Do y'all not realize that this doesn't work on Windows Vista...?

Anonymous said...

LIFE SAVER!!!

mstf83 said...

Thanks the INFO helped Me!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! After tilting my head until 5:30 AM trying to find a remedy, with no solution anywhere in Vista "Help" or anywhere else and some on-line "AnswerNow" sopecialist trying to extort me for $36 before he'd help, your advice was a godsend.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a lifesaver! My three year old found the magic for rotating the screen and Daddy got in trouble for letting her loose on Mommy's computer! U got me out of hot water! Thanks for taking the time to add this post!

Anonymous said...

I knew it had to be simple when the dog chased the cat across the key board, but i just didn't know how to fix....
Thnx

Z said...

Anos depois, o seu blog me salvou. Obrigada.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post!It's a life saver! Reading the comments made me laugh as much as when I watch a real comedy movie.

Anonymous said...

You just made my day - even 2 years after you posted this!!

Thanks a million!!

Anette

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I thought i'd broken my laptop. I'm glad you put this escape code up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you also. It's amazing how many people you have helped. I was just trying to fix my keys and then it rotated.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!! My daughter had flipped my screen and I had no idea how to fix it!! Thanks thanks thanks!

Anonymous said...

I brushed my touch pad and suddenly the screen was sideways. Thank you for posting this.

Anonymous said...

Our cat laid on my wife's laptop keyboard last night and did this to it. I went to my identical laptop and searched the built-in Windows help center for a half hour and they don't mention rotating screens at all. I came here and you resolved my problem in 30 seconds! By the way, it is not a Dell function, these are H-P laptops.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much.....usual story cat on the keyboard and OMG! Had to get an assignment completed for the next day, so you've saved me going into work on a Sunday!

Stressed Mum of 2 said...

THANK YOU! My 2 year old managed to turn my screen around whilst I was sorting out my newborn!!!

Lots of grateful comments from people in similar situations I see.

Robert said...

a cat sat on my keyboard and it started spinnin' round. thanksto you i fixed it tho, ta v much

Anonymous said...

Just adding to the long list of thanks!

StarChava said...

Thank you!

Lloyd said...

I dunno if you're still around, but I want to flip my screen sideways. How do I got about that. I tried the combo buttons but nothing happened.

António Lopes said...

Sorry, mate, don't know. As I said in the post, I'm not a windows vista user. You may want to google for your specific brand of computer and/or windows version.

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks, it worked for me, any idea why the desplay would just rotate like this?

Anonymous said...

A THOUSAND THANKS--REALLY!

casper said...

thank you for your help, I swapped the screen back as you suggested with NO problem.

Pali and Casper

casper said...

thank you for your help, I managed to swap the screen back to normal the way you suggested,

regards,

Casper

bala said...

I tried this same option of ctrl + alt + arrow keys professor but didn't worked out for some reason but i was able to get it corrected through the menu option provided in windows vista. Anyone intrested can read from here.

Obaino said...

My lil boy was playing with my laptop while I was on the phone,came back I don't know what the hell pressed and my the screen was upside down,never thought this can happen ON lAPTOPS thought is only on the smart android phones.i google for online solution and yours was the best and simple answer,,you saved me a lot of money and time..I just wanted to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

Obaino said...

tahnk you very much ,,,you saved me alot of money and time.Your solution was the best and very simple.

Anonymous said...

My month old baby has done a lot of changes to my laptop and today it was this one! Thanks for the easy help! :)
/A mother in Netherlands

Anonymous said...

Thank you, from me and my dumb cat.

Anonymous said...

Laid a notebook across my keyboard at work & poof! The screen was upside down! Had to open Chrome & do a search & read your blog on how to switch it back, all the while upside down! Crazy to think that this still a problem since you posted back in 2008! Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, had a bad case of KOKB (Kitten on keyboard) and he rotated my Wife's screen 90 degrees. Now, I know a great prank to play at work tomorrow.

Nicolai "Cuki" Gamulea said...

Thanks man! Good info.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Anonymous said...

JUST HAPPENED TO ME TOO. THANK GOD FOR THE INTERNET OR I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN DESPAIR FOR I DON´T KNOW HOW LONG!

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!!!!