Most laptop screens and desktop monitors come with the landscape mode by default, to display. The landscape mode is that mode where the height of the display, or the vertical pixel count is less than the horizontal pixel count. This is exactly opposite to the portrait mode layout on smartphones, where the horizontal pixel count is less than the vertical pixel count. While it is a matter of a few seconds to switch from portrait to landscape mode on smartphones with the single tap of a button or by enabling Auto-rotate, things are not equally easy when it comes to switching the layout on a desktop monitor or on a laptop.
If you are using a handheld computer or you need to display something, it can be useful to flip the display in several situations. As most users are not regularly indulged in activities that require flipping or rotating the screen, the feature is kind of hidden, however, depending upon the video card you are using, it might be easier to flip the display at any time. So, I will be talking about, how you can flip the display on your Windows computer, no matter which graphics card you are using. However, it is the easiest to flip the display to portrait mode and vice versa if you are using Intel integrated graphics card, but there is a general method, as well that works on Windows 10.
So, without any further delay, let’s get started with how you can flip the display orientation on a Windows 10 computer.
On Windows 10 computers with Intel integrated graphics cards
If you are having a computer with Intel integrated graphics card, just use the ‘Ctrl + Alt’ shortcut key to flip the display.
Ctrl + Alt + Right: Flip 90 degrees to the right.
Ctrl + Alt + Left: Flip 90 degress to the left.
Ctrl + Alt + Down: Flips the screen by 180 degrees. The display goes upside down.
Ctrl + Alt + Up: Restores the display back to normal.
The screenshots for all the modes are as below. By changing the orientation of your display, the mouse will also act accordingly. The pointer will automatically align with the orientation of your display layout.
If the shortcut keys aren’t working for you, make sure that it is enabled in the Intel graphics control panel. To ensure it is enabled, right-click on your desktop, and click on ‘Graphics Properties…’.
Just choose one among ‘Basic Mode’ or ‘Advanced Mode’, and click on ‘OK’. I will not recommend you to use the ‘Wizard Mode’.
Now, you will automatically land on ‘General Settings’ under ‘Display’. Click on the drop-down menu corresponding to ‘Rotation’, and choose the preferred mode. All the modes are quite self-explanatory, and you can understand the same with the aid of the arrows related to the rotation. After you select that, click on ‘Apply’.
The screen will immediately be flipped, and you will have to click on ‘OK’ in the next 15 seconds, or it will revert back to normal, just like every time you make major changes to your display settings.
On PC or laptop with other graphics cards (including Intel integrated graphics)
Step 1: Open Windows Settings, either from the Start menu or with the ‘Windows + I’ shortcut key, and click on ‘System’.
Step 2: Under ‘Display’ settings, click on the drop-down menu corresponding to ‘Display orientation’.
Step 3: Now, click on one among ‘Portrait’, ‘Landscape (flipped)’, ‘Portrait (flipped)’, and the display will be flipped immediately.
Step 4: The screen will be flipped to the chosen orientation immediately, and you will have to click on ‘Keep changes’ in the next 15 seconds, or the display will go back to ‘Landscape’ or the normal mode. Alternatively, you can click on ‘Revert’, if you want to go back to the normal display or ‘Landscape’ mode.
It might not be important for you every time to change the display orientation, but it can come in handy in a number of situations. Depending upon the graphics card that you are using, say AMD Radeon or Nvidia, you might find an option in the display control panel. However, as Windows 10 has a native option to flip the display, you better use that option. But, as Intel offers an easy way to flip the display, I kept that on this tutorial.
So, that was all about, how you can flip the display on a Windows 10 computer. Do you have any questions? Feel free to comment on the same below.