How do you tilt the desktop in Windows 10?

In some cases you may want to rotate your computer screen, such as if you want to hang your screen on the wall. In Windows 10 (and earlier versions), you can rotate your screen via the settings or a keyboard shortcut.

Rotate screen in Windows

Shortcut keys - Ctrl+Alt+Arrow keys or Ctrl+Alt+2/4/6/8 on your alphanumeric keyboard (Num Lock off).

Menu - Home / Settings / System / Display / Screen orientation / Landscape or Portrait

By default, we always place our screens in landscape mode, in other words, the bottom and top are longer than the left and right sides. That's how television works, so that's how screens work. But that is not necessary at all. If you find it more comfortable to hang your screen in portrait mode, for example because you constantly have to watch your aunt's vertical videos on your screen, that's just possible. Windows 10 has a built-in option for tilting your screen.

It is also useful for practical purposes to tilt your screen. For example, if you are programming, it is nice to have as many lines of code as possible in view. Especially if the lines are usually not that long. You can also choose a tilted image as a second screen. For example to see news headlines clearly or for long documents.

Tilt the screen

To tilt the screen, or at least its contents, click on Start and then Institutions. In the window that appears, click System and then Display. You now see the various screens that you have connected with numbers above them. You can now determine the orientation for each screen separately by clicking on the number of the relevant screen. If you only have one screen, like we do (because of course we all work with one screen and VR glasses), the correct screen is automatically selected. Now look for the option screen mode and change landscape in standing (mirrored or not). Don't worry, the option will not be enabled immediately, this will only happen when you click To apply.

Shortcut keys

As with almost all settings in Windows, there are also shortcut keys for the screen orientation. However, that is a bit complicated, because the combinations do not come from Microsoft, but from the manufacturers of the video card. That's why the hotkey differs per setup, if you can use a hotkey at all. For Intel cards use Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys, but with Nvidia and AMD it is already getting more difficult. If you have an alphanumeric part on your keyboard, you can also Ctrl+Alt+2/4/6/8 to use. Make sure that Num Lock is turned off. Some video cards don't allow you to rotate the screen at all. So it's a matter of trying.


There is also an option to mirror the screen orientation, both landscape and portrait. Note: if you want to try this for fun, keep in mind that the functioning of your mouse will of course change, so that up is suddenly left and so on and that makes navigation almost impossible. But don't worry, if you don't click confirm, the orientation will change back after a few seconds.

Incidentally, it also works well as a joke to play with colleagues.

Looking for the best settings for your screen? They are discussed in detail in this article. This way you can easily adjust the size of icons and Windows elements to your eyes. The display of text is also easy to optimize.

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