How to Rotate Screen on Desktop
There is a built-in utility that can rotate screens in Windows 7, 8, and 10. To use this utility, you need to do the following:
- Right-click on your mouse and select “Screen Resolution” from the shortcut menu as shown in the below picture.
- Click on the “Screen resolution” option from the list of options (as shown in the below picture).
- Select the “Rotate Screen” option from the list of options (as shown in the below picture).
- Select desired direction (clockwise or counterclockwise) and click on the OK button to save changes made as we do in How to Take Screenshot
3 Extra Methods of Rotate Screen in Window 10
Method 1: Using Display Rotation Control Panel
The first method is the easiest and works in all versions of Windows. All you need to do is follow these steps:
Display Rotation Control Panel – Click on the Start button and type “Control Panel” into the search bar. Alternatively, you can navigate to Control Panel > Ease of Access > Change how your mouse works > Change how you select items in menus and apps (this will take you to Control Panel). Once there, click on the “Adjust mouse pointer speed” link. Click on the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link at the bottom of this window. Next, scroll down to find and click on “Turn off display rotation”. Now, close out of this window by clicking on its X icon in the upper left-hand corner. Lastly, reboot your system by restarting your computer. You should now be able to use your laptop’s screen without rotating it back into landscape mode.
Method 2: Using Command Prompt
If you are unable to use the Display Rotation Control Panel, you can use the Command Prompt to rotate your screen. This method works in all versions of Windows. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Open a Command Prompt window by clicking on the Start button and typing “cmd”. Alternatively, you can navigate to Accessories > Command Prompt > Open command prompt here. Now, type “DISPLAYROTATION” without quotations into the command prompt window and hit Enter. This command will open up a menu that contains various options for rotating your display, including turning it on or off, leaving it in landscape mode, or rotating it 90 degrees clockwise (in portrait mode). If you want to leave your screen in landscape mode, simply press Enter without typing anything else. If you want your screen rotated 90 degrees clockwise (in portrait mode), type “R90” without quotations into the command prompt window and hit Enter again. Finally, type “exit” and hit Enter to close out of the command prompt window.
Method 3: Using a Third-Party Screen Rotation Utility
If you do not want to use the Windows Display Rotation Control Panel or the Command Prompt, you can use a third-party utility that allows you to rotate your screen without having to reboot your computer.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
Download and install Display Rotation Control from this link. Once it’s installed, run it by clicking on its shortcut icon on your desktop or in your Start menu. Once it is open, click on the “Change display rotation” link (it will be towards the bottom of the main window). You should now see a list of various options for rotating your screen. If you want your screen rotated 90 degrees clockwise (in portrait mode), simply click on “Rotate screen”. If you want your screen rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise (in landscape mode), click on “Rotate screen 90 degrees”. Finally, click on “Rotate screen back to normal” to return your screen to its normal state.