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How to Fix Your Rotated Monitor Screen?

Well if you landed on this post via a Search Engine, then chances are high that you have accidentally managed to rotate your monitor screen and desperate to find out a solution that helps you revert back to normal. Okay let us use our “crystal ball” and guess what happened:

Your 6 month old kid was smacking the keyboard of your laptop last evening and somehow rotated the entire screen 90 degrees. Now everything is shifted (rotated); web pages, the desktop, the task bar and even the mouse cursor. You have tried repeating the accidental keyboard shortcut (that your kid pressed causing all this) but still don’t have a clue on “How to correct this“! This is what happend. Right? ;)

How to Fix Your Rotated Monitor Screen

Whether it was your kid who caused this or it was you or someone else, whether it is your desktop PC that is affected or your laptop, as long as you are dealing with Microsft Windows XP or above (Vista, Windows 7) the solution is much simpler than you had imagined. Here is what you need to do to get rid of your rotated monitor screen and get it back to normal:

If your system has this particular Intel graphics driver and runs on Win XP:
> Right click on your desktop.
> Click open “Properties”.
> Click open “Settings” tab.
> Click open the “Advanced” tab that is seen towards the bottom right corner.
> Click open the “Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver” tab.
> Click open “Graphics Properties” tab seen towards the bottom right corner.
> Click open “Rotation” tab.
> Make your changes.

Another way to do this is:
> If you have the Intel (R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver icon in the systems tray at the bottom right hand corner of your screen or in your quick launch tool bar, then double click it to open the menu.
> Select “Graphic option” and then the “Graphic Properties”.
> Click open “Rotation” tab.
> Make your changes.

Keyboard Shortcut to rotate your monitor screen (Win XP):
Try holding down <CTRL> + <ALT> + Any cursor (arrow) key and that will rotate your desktop (Up = Upside down, Down = Normal, Right = 90 degree clockwise and Left = 90 degree anti-clockwise)

For any other OS (Win Vista, Win 7 etc):
> Right click on your desktop.
> Select “Graphics Options” from the context menu.
> Select “Rotation” from the context sub-menu.
> Make your changes.

Keyboard Shortcut to rotate your monitor screen (Win Vista, Win 7 etc):
Try holding down <CTRL> + <ALT> + Any cursor (arrow) key and that will rotate your desktop (Up = Upside down, Down = Normal, Right = 90 degree clockwise and Left = 90 degree anti-clockwise)

If you are still wondering how your kid managed to make so many clicks/key combination perfectly to rotate your screen, perhaps it was the keyboard shortcut ( <CTRL> + <ALT> + Any cursor (arrow) key) that must have done it :P

Hope this little trick helped you to get back your un-rotated monitor screen. Let us know if it didn’t! ;)

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22 Responses to " How to Fix Your Rotated Monitor Screen? "

  1. Israel A. Dagunduro says:

    INFORMATION FOR ANY [WINDOWS 8] LAPTOP.

    Wow, this is great.

    But it is different with Windows 8 laptop but at least I followed your information but in a different way that applied with this windows.

    In case you have the rotated monitor problem, just follow these steps below;

    -Right Click on the monitor, to click on “Graphics properties.”
    -Then select “Advanced Mode” and press OK.
    -Click on “Rotation” and when it flips, change from [Rotate to either 90, 180 or 270degrees] back to “Rotate To Normal”
    -Then quickly click OK to save the current settings.

    Information is power, and any solved problem, become an information for someone else solution, so make use of it.

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