How to Fix a Sideways Screen on Your Windows Computer

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Perhaps it happened when you plugged in or detached an external monitor. Maybe you just hit the wrong key somehow, but now your Windows desktop is sideways, positioned in portrait mode while your screen is in landscape (horizontal) view. You can't even read the text without tilting your head or turning your display on its side. 

Sideways Screen

Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to fix a sideways screen in Windows; these methods work in Windows 7, 8 and 10. 

Rotate Screen with a Keyboard Shortcut

Hit CTRL + ALT + Up Arrow and your Windows desktop should return to landscape mode. You can rotate the screen to portrait or upside-down landscape, by hitting CTRL + ALT + Left Arrow, Right Arrow or Down arrow.

Fix Sideways Screen With Display Settings Menu

If, for some reason, the shortcut keys don't work (and they should), try this method.

1. Right click on the desktop and selct Display settings.

Display Settings

2. Choose a screen to fix if you have multiple monitors attached. Skip this step if you have only one.

3. Select Landscape from the orientation menu.

Lanscape mode

4. Click Apply (or OK)

Click Apply


5. Click Keep Changes when prompted.

Keep changes


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