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Key Shortcut for rotating screen

There have been a few posts about some peoples screens randomly rotating and there is generally two ways to fix it. One is by your graphics properties but a much easier way (and which is how it occurs during some game play) by pushing CTRL, ALT and a directional key all at once. Each key will change to it's own direction.

As CTRL and ALT are heavily used in games some people may experience this.


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my dell screen is sideways

On Windows 7, it says graphics options instead of monitor settings.

Typically, to fix this type of error, you would use ctrl+alt+up arrow key to flip the screen right side up.
ctrl+alt+right arrow = flip to the right
ctrl+alt+left arrow = flip to the left
ctrl+alt+down arrow = flip upside down)

If that doesn't work, or if your keyboard shortcuts have been disabled, right click on the desktop background, click on Graphics Options, then Rotation, then Rotate to Normal.

Also, if you have Intel Graphics installed on you computer, the software might have reset the default rotation setting. To fix this, right click on the desktop, then click on Graphics Properties. This should bring up the Intel Graphics window. Choose Advanced Mode, and click OK. Find the rotation settings (right side, 2nd from bottom), and choose Rotate to Normal.

Feb 11, 2015 | Dell Inspiron Computers & Internet

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my login screen has turn upside down

Is it only your login screen? or is it the entire operating system? Does it fix after you log in?

Press [Ctrl > Alt > Up arrow] (all at the same time) to revert back to normal orientation. If it is only the login screen, then it may be a issue with the Operating System.

Aug 28, 2011 | Advent Netbook

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my 2 year old grandson pushed a button and rotated the monitor sideways. How do I get it back to where it is supposed to be?

You can rotate your screen in display property.
For that if you use windows then go to startmenu -> control panel-
Then you can see there your graphic driver utility like "Intel graphic driver".
Then click on settings there is Rotation set rotation 0 Degree.
Then apply and ok .
Then it is normal.
When you power up the computer press F8 then enter in enable vga mode.That mode gives normal screeen without graphic problem.You can change there that rotation settings if you have difficult in rotate screen.

Let me know if you need further assistance.
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Dec 12, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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screen upsidedown

Hello agahan

My guess is that you have an Intel Extreme Graphics card in there. After doing some looking around, it looks like there is an adjustable option that will let you rotate the screen as needed, and there are 2 different ways to address it:


From the Forum:
"To stop it happening again right-click on an empty area on the desktop, click on 'properties' then on the 'settings' tab followed by the 'Advanced' button. On here there is a tab relating to graphics, mine says 'Intel(R) Extreme Graphics' click on the tab then on the 'Graphics properties' button, choose the 'rotation' tab and remove the tick from the 'Enable Rotation' - remember to click 'apply'."

It is also noted that you can try Ctrl+Alt+Any Arrow to adjust the direction of your view. Check on both of those, and see if that helps.


Sep 17, 2008 | Dell Inspiron 1300 Notebook

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gateway m305crv laptop

Use ctrl+alt+ up Arrow key on your keyboard (you can also use use ctrl+alt+ left/right Arrow key)

Good Luck

May 17, 2006 | Gateway M305CRV Notebook

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