By rotating the display of your computer monitor, you will be able to obtain a visualization in classic or "landscape" mode, but also in page or "portrait" mode, which is very practical for viewing pages of documents on which you work. You can also, if necessary, invert the display, which will allow you to place your screen in places that are quite difficult to manage, under a ceiling for example. Operating systems such as Windows or Mac allow you to easily switch the display mode of your screen. However, it may happen that the manufacturer of your graphics card poses some additional difficulties …
Method 1 of 2: In Windows
Step 1. Right click on the desktop and then select an option titled “Display Resolution” or “Screen Settings”
The option you will be presented with depends on the version of Windows you are using and choosing it will in most cases bring you to a roughly equivalent setting window.
If you are using Windows XP, skip to step 5 in this section, as the following method will not work
Step 2. Look for the menu titled “Display Orientation”
It must be at the bottom of the window and “landscape” mode will be selected there by default. You will be able to rotate your screen display using this menu if your graphics card is a recent model.
If this menu does not appear, it is possible that the display manager of your graphics card is causing a problem or that your computer manufacturer has inhibited this function. In this case, go to step 4 in this section to learn about other ways to orient your monitor display
Step 3. Select the display orientation you want
You will have the choice between four display modes:
- Landscape mode is the standard choice applicable by default for most monitors.
- Portrait mode will rotate your screen display 90 ° to the right so that the right edge of the displayed page matches the bottom of your monitor.
- Inverted landscape mode, as the name suggests, will invert your screen display such that it appears "upside down", the top edge of the displayed page will match the bottom edge of your monitor. This mode will be useful if you want to mount your monitor under a ceiling.
- Inverted portrait mode will rotate your screen display 90 ° to the left, so that the left edge of the displayed page matches the bottom of your monitor.
Step 4. Use keyboard shortcuts (on Intel adapters)
Some graphics cards support the use of keyboard shortcut keys, which you can use to quickly switch the display orientation of your monitor. The shortcuts shown below will work primarily on integrated Intel graphics cards, but will have no effect on Nvidia or AMD branded adapters.
- Ctrl + Alt + ↓ - Will vertically flip the screen display.
- Ctrl + Alt + → - Will orient the display 90 ° to the right.
- Ctrl + Alt + ← - Will rotate the display 90 ° to the left.
- Ctrl + Alt + ↑ - Will reposition your display in standard landscape mode.
Step 5. Find the control panel of your display card
The managers of the Nvidia, AMD and Intel brand graphics adapters will install a control panel on your PC that will allow you to make specific settings for these interfaces. You can access this control panel from the menu that will appear when you right-click on the desktop, but you may also have to look for it in the Windows start menu or control panel.
Look for an option labeled "Rotation" or "Orientation." The control panel of an Nvidia graphics card will offer you the option "Display rotation" in the menu displayed on the left. The driver for an AMD Catalyst graphics card will show you a menu titled "Rotation" in the section corresponding to desktop properties. If your computer has an Intel graphics adapter installed, you will find the rotation switch in the menu titled "Display settings"
Step 6. Create shortcut keys to orient display (AMD)
If your computer is equipped with an AMD or ATI brand graphics card, the "Catalyst" control center will allow you to configure keyboard shortcuts to quickly switch the orientation of your display.
- Right click on your desktop then select "Catalyst Control Center".
- Then click on the button entitled "Preferences" then select the option "Hot keys".
- From the drop-down menu, select "Display Manager" and then assign the key combinations you think are appropriate for the different display orientation options. The key combinations described above might be a good choice, as they are usually not used in other functions.
- Make sure to validate your new shortcuts by checking the corresponding boxes.
Step 7. Update your display drivers
If you are not offered any display rotation options and the shortcut keys have no effect, you may be able to correct this problem by updating the graphics display manager on your computer. In this case, you should download the latest version of this software directly from the site of the manufacturer of your graphics card rather than leaving this task to Windows Update.
- You will be offered to run a hardware detection script from the AMD and Nvidia download sites. This program is responsible for detecting the graphics adapter model installed on your computer and guiding you to download the most suitable display driver. You can also search for the driver corresponding to your graphics card if you know the model.
- To identify the model of the graphics card which is embedded in your computer, simultaneously press the keys ⊞ Win + R then type dxdiag. Then click on the tab titled "Display" to obtain information about your graphics adapter.
Step 8. The computer manufacturer may have inhibited the ability to rotate the display
This limitation is imposed by the hardware manufacturer (and not by Windows), most often due to the choice of components it uses. The display orientation feature is available on most computers, but your hardware may not support this feature. This limitation exists in particular for low-end laptops, whose components are often restricted to their most basic functionality.
Method 2 of 2: On Mac
Step 1. Click on the Apple menu then select “System Preferences”
You will only be able to rotate external displays that support this function (not all of them can). If the operating system is an older version of OS X, you can try to force the orientation of the built-in screen display, but be aware that this no longer works on newer versions of this system.
Step 2. Click on “Display Options”
You will see all the monitors connected to your computer displayed.
Step 3. Select your external display
This choice should only be made between the monitors shown on your screen.
If you want to rotate a built-in display, like on the MacBook or iMac, skip to step 6 in this section
Step 4. Select the display option you want from the “Rotation” menu
In the tab entitled "Display", choose the desired option among these values: 90 °, 180 ° or 270 °. They represent the angle of rotation of the display in 90 ° increments in a clockwise direction.
Step 5. Check that the "All screens" option is not allowed
If all the displays on your screens rotate at the same time when you orient a single display, the “All screens” option may be turned on. This function has the effect of allowing the simultaneous and identical orientation of the displays of all the screens connected to your computer. To remedy this, click on the tab titled "Layout" and uncheck this option.
Step 6. Try rotating an integrated monitor (OS 10, 9 and earlier)If you are using Mavericks or an older system, you will have the option to force the display orientation of your built-in monitor by opening a particular version of the display menu. Make sure the menu titled "System Preferences" is closed before proceeding. Do not try to do this under OS X 10, 10 (Yosemite) and later, as this operation could cause a serious system error.
- Click on the Apple menu then select "System Preferences".
- Press simultaneously and keeping the ⌘ Cmd + ⌥ Opt keys pressed while clicking on the “Display” option.
- You should then see a display orientation menu appear on your computer's built-in screen.