How to rotate the display or screen in Windows

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How to rotate the display or screen in Windows
How to rotate the display or screen in Windows
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Do you have a game that needs to be played with a vertical monitor? Are you trying to set up a computer monitor at home? Are you creating a retro playroom? Rotating your monitor is not a common procedure, but with the right equipment you will be able to configure your monitors the way you want. Once the monitor is installed, you can change the Windows display so that you don't have to tilt your head to look at the screen. Finally, you can calibrate the monitor so that the colors look as good as possible.

Steps

Part 1 of 3: rotate your screen orientation

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Step 1. Try to rotate your screen with keyboard shortcuts

This is the fastest way to rotate your screen display, but it doesn't work on all systems. The fastest way to find out if it works is to simply test it. If these shortcuts don't work, continue to the next step.

  • Ctrl + Alt + Left will rotate your screen 90 ° to the left.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Right will rotate your screen 90 ° to the right.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Down will flip your display.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Up will restore your original display, with the top facing up.
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Step 2. Open the Screen Resolution window

In Windows 7 and 8, it can be accessed by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Screen resolution. In Windows Vista, select Customization then click on the option Display settings.

  • In Windows XP, select Properties then click on the Settings tab.
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Step 3. Select your rotation option

Look for the Orientation drop-down menu. It will allow you to choose the rotation of your screen. Select the desired option, then click the Apply button.

If you don't see an Orientation option, go to the next step

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Step 4. Open your graphics card's control panel

Screen rotation is supported by your graphics card, not Windows. Even though most modern graphics cards add rotation options to the Windows Screen Resolution window, you may need to open the graphics card control panel to access it.

  • You can usually access the control panel by right-clicking on your desktop and clicking the graphics card control panel option. You can also access it by opening the Control panel from Windows and then selecting it from there.
  • Select section Rotation Where Orientation from the control panel. You can use this section to rotate the display to your liking.
  • If you cannot rotate the screen using keyboard shortcuts, if you do not have an option in your Screen Resolution window, if you do not have an option in the Control Panel of your graphics card or if you do not have a graphics card installed, you will not be able to rotate the screen.

Part 2 of 3: adjust monitor settings

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Step 1. Open a calibration image

There are many free calibration images available online. A calibration image will serve as a reference point when you adjust your monitor settings.

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Step 2. Open your monitor menu

Most displays have an internal menu that you can use to adjust color, brightness, and contrast. If you do not have an internal menu, you may have specific keys for these functions.

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Step 3. Set the color temperature

Monitor calibration images usually have bright blocks of color. Use them to find a color temperature that looks natural and allows you to see all the undertones clearly.

6500K is the standard for monitors, although some calibration images require you to go up to 9300K. Not all monitors will allow you to set a temperature value

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Step 4. Set your brightness and contrast

Use the brightness and contrast controls to adjust the visibility of the black boxes on the calibration image. Usually you will want to be able to distinguish the squares, but you should not be able to distinguish the very first squares. This will ensure that dark scenes in movies and games will look good.

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Step 5. Adjust the position of the screen

Sometimes the screen will not fit into your monitor frame exactly and you may notice your mouse sticking out of the screen a bit or there may be black bars visible along the edge. You can adjust these settings from your monitor menu.

You can move the screen horizontally and vertically and you can enlarge and shrink it. Use these controls to make the screen match your monitor perfectly

Part 3 of 3: Physically rotate your screen

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Step 1. Attach your screen to the wall

If you definitely want to rotate your screen (a retro playroom, maybe?), The easiest technique to do it safely is to use a wall mount kit. These will not fit all screens, so check that the kit is compatible with the make and model of your monitor.

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Step 2. Purchase a monitor that swivels

There are several monitors available that you can rotate at the base. This allows you to easily rotate the screen 90 °. Note that when you manually rotate your monitor, you will still need to configure the orientation through your graphics card settings.

There are stands you can buy that will allow you to rotate your existing monitor without breaking the bank. Just make sure it is compatible with your monitor model

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Step 3. Check if your monitor can tilt

Some monitors have stands that allow you to tilt the monitor up or down. This is especially useful if you have an LCD monitor, as the display looks best from a precise angle. You can usually tilt your monitor by placing one hand at the top, the other at the bottom, then pulling on the bottom or pushing on the top.

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Step 4. Avoid rotating the monitor without a stand

Many monitors are not designed to be rotated, especially older CRT monitors. Whenever you rotate your monitor, it will need to be securely supported, either by a stand or a stand. Using other objects to hold the monitor may cause it to become unstable or cause the monitor to overheat.

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