You may be lying on the bed one day and you just want to relax with your head flat on the bed. The laptop or monitor is just not giving you the time of day because you can’t watch anything unless you tilt the whole thing.
The problem is that nobody wants to tilt a whole machine just to get the right angle. Luckily someone saw how this was a pain in the neck and came up with a way that you can tilt the screen without tilting your machine.
For everyone who is on Windows 10, you get a lot of perks that people on other operating systems don’t. Of course, this is a simple and insignificant feature, but someone on another platform is struggling to achieve this now unsuccessfully.
You get four modes of orientation to choose from:
- Landscape, which is the default view
- Portrait, which is sideways from the left
- landscape flipped, which is just the usual screen flipped upside down and
- portrait flipped, which is sideways from the right
How to Tilt the Display on Windows 10
There are a few ways that you can tilt your Windows 10 display. In fact, some of these methods totally rely on the type of graphics processor that your machine is using.
For Windows 10, the developers have included a universal way in which you can perform this action. You can easily tilt the display from the settings as explained below;
Tilting the Display from the Windows settings
First, you need to right click on the desktop. You should ensure that you do not click on any program or file, so as to get the appropriate settings.
A list of options should appear, from which you choose “display settings”. Alternatively, you can just go straight to Settings > System > Display settings in the notification tab at the bottom right corner of your screen.
The display settings are at the top of the list, hence you don’t have to click on anything else. Under scale and layout settings, you should be able to see the settings for orientation.
This setting is the one that allows you to tilt the screen the way you want. Click on the list of options and select the desired orientation.
You should notice that the cursor moves according to the original layout and does not change to fit the new orientation. You will, therefore, have to adapt to the new layout before you get the hang of it.
If you do not see the advanced display settings, then there might be a problem with your graphics drivers. You can install or update the drivers for free using free software like driver pack and snappy driver installer.
How to Rotate the Screen Using Hotkeys (Easiest Way)
Windows 10 also offers an option which enables you to use hotkeys to flip the screen. It is much like how you can lock the screen using Win+L keys.
This option, however, is available for PCs that are running on the Intel graphics processor. There are also other processors that offer the same perk, but you may need a third party software to make it possible.
You can flip the screen by pressing CTRL+ALT+ARROW keys. Each one of the direction keys offers a different orientation.
Ctrl+Alt+Up flips the display by 180 degrees. This is the same orientation labeled landscape (flipped).
Ctrl+Alt+left flips the display by 90 degrees to the left, which is the same as the portrait option. Ctrl+Alt+right rotates the screen by 370 degrees to the right which is the same as portrait (flipped).
Finally, Ctrl+Alt+down restores the default landscape view. If you are having problems with the other types of orientations, you can easily switch back to the default view with this option.
How to Rotate the Display from the Graphics Menu
As mentioned earlier, you can be able to tilt the display from the graphics menu, depending on the card installed. For this option to work, however, the display drivers should first be installed.
You also need to make sure that your drivers are updated up to the latest ones to enjoy the full perks offered by the developers.
First, you right click on the desktop and select the graphics settings. AMD usually places this option at the top of the list. Nvidia places the option right in the middle. It varies with Intel.
After you click on this option, the orientation properties are usually located on the first list… hence you can just choose the type of orientation from there.
How to Disable Automatic Rotation
As great as it is to flip the screen at any time you want, this process also becomes annoying at times. You may not be able to use the device properly when in motion because the display will just keep on flipping.
This is common between touchscreen laptops as well as convertible computers. People using android mobile phones get the idea.
In order for you to disable this feature, you first need to click on notification icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. It is referred to as the action center in Windows 10.
You can also access the Action Center by pressing Win+A from your keyboard if you are not using a computer with touch properties.
Click on the “Rotation Lock” icon and voila, the display will remain in the same state until you change it manually. You should ensure that you have the display in the proper orientation before you lock this feature. You will otherwise have to use it the same way until you change it.
In some instances, the option to lock the feature might be grayed out. If this is the case, then you should change the desktop settings to tablet mode. This setting is also accessible on the action center.