Perhaps there has been a time when you needed to flip what was on your monitor screen! For example, you would have liked to see something from a different angle or you may need to adjust the display a few degrees. There's also the old joke of flipping a coworker's screen. Whatever your reasons, know that it is very easy to rotate the display of a computer screen such as PC or Mac.
Method 1 of 2: In Windows
Step 1. Try with the keyboard shortcuts
With an Intel graphics card, it is possible to use keyboard shortcuts to flip a screen. Below you will find the four main shortcuts. If they don't work, read what is written later in this article.
- Ctrl + Alt + ↓ completely reverses the screen,
- Ctrl + Alt + → rotates the screen 90 ° to the right,
- Ctrl + Alt + ← rotates the screen 90 ° to the left,
- Ctrl + Alt + ↑ puts the screen in the right direction.
Step 2. Try with the screen resolution window
If the shortcuts do not work, it is possible to flip the screen from the screen resolution window or the display properties window. To open this window, right click on the desktop, choose Screen resolution Where Properties, then click the tab Display (only under XP).
- Use the drop-down menu Orientation to adjust your display. The selection made, you have a preview of what it looks like. If you do not validate the change, the screen returns to its starting position.
Step 3. Know which graphics card is installed on your computer
The display swivel depends in fact on the graphics card installed and especially on the latter's drivers. Before attempting any maneuver, it is useful to know what graphics card you have.
- Press ⊞ Win + R, Command Prompt opens. Type dxdiag, which will open DirectX diagnostic tool.
- Click on the View tab. If your computer has an NVIDIA card, go to the next step. If you have an AMD / ATI card, go to step 5.
Step 4. Run the screen on a computer with an NVIDIA card
With such a card, you can go through NVIDIA's control panel. For a computer with an AMD / ATI card, read the next step.
- Right click on the desktop, then select NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Select Rotate display in the left menu, under the heading Display.
- Select the view you want to flip.
- In particular, choose the angle of rotation you want or use the various buttons to rotate the screen 90 ° each time.
Step 5. Rotate the screen with an AMD / ATI card
On a computer with an AMD or ATI graphics card, you can use the “Catalyst Control Center” software to flip the screen.
- Right click on the desktop, then select Catalyst Control Center …
- Select Rotate the desk under the heading Common display tasks. If this option does not appear, it means that the card drivers must be updated (read the next step).
- Select the view you want from the drop-down menu.
- Also select the orientation.
Step 6. If this fails, update your drivers
Often times, display flip failures are caused by faulty or outdated drivers. The update will have the effect of revealing this possibility of rotation and will improve the performance of your card.
- Go to the NVIDIA or AMD website. If you don't know what your card is, use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (go back to step 3).
- Run the automatic detection tool, which is designed to detect the model of the graphics card installed in your computer. If you have the model, use DirectX directly for additional information.
- Download and install the latest drivers. The installer supplied with the drivers will automatically take care of replacing the old ones with the most recent ones. This installer, except in some very special cases, does not need to be specially configured.
- See if you can rotate the screen. Normally, if the driver installation went well, you should be able to use one of the pivoting methods above.
Method 2 of 2: In Mac OS X
Step 1. Click the Apple menu, then select System Preferences
In Mavericks (10, 9) or earlier, you can rotate any type of display. In Yosemite (10, 10), only predefined views can be rotated.
Step 2. Open the Monitors or Display option
The opening of this option depends on your operating system:
- under Mavericks (10, 9) or earlier version: you will press Command + Alt and then click on Monitors,
- in Yosemite (10, 10) or later: click directly on the icon Monitors. If you do Command + Alt to open the view option, you might have some trouble.
Step 3. Click the Rotation drop-down menu
Select your orientation. If this menu does not appear in Yosemite, your computer does not allow swivel. This is the case on some MacBooks and iMacs.
Step 4. Open the Layout tab
In Yosemite, when you are in multiple view and flip the screen, all views are flipped. To avoid this open the tab Disposition and uncheck the box Video copy.