How to rotate the screen when it's displaying the wrong way up

If your monitor is displaying an image that’s upside-down, or even sideways, it can be a little confusing. It's likely that a setting has been accidentally changed - or a friend or family member has played a prank on you - rather than your screen being on the blink. Windows computers have a built-in ability to rotate the display, which can be useful in a variety of circumstances. Here’s how to stop everything being the wrong way round.

Computer screen rotation

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Use your computer’s hotkey combination to turn your screen the right way. The most common key combination is pressing Ctrl + Alt and one of the arrow keys at the same time.

The hotkeys will either:

  • Rotate the screen - You would need to rotate left (or right) twice to restore an upside down image
  • Have fixed positions - You will have four hot keys, one for each orientation. Ctrl + Alt + Up would usually make the screen the normal way around

Monitor settings

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monitor settings

Most monitors have an Auto button. Pressing this makes the monitor automatically detect the signal and calibrate it to work properly with your monitor.

Reset your monitor

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Your monitor will have an option to restore to factory default settings. This can be access through the display menu. You can usually access this using the menu button on the monitor. Navigate the menu and choose the default settings or factory reset option.

A couple of button presses and everything should be back to normal once more, letting you get on with what you need to do.