Rotating your screen is useful, especially when connecting your computer to an external display with a different orientation. Luckily, it's easy to do on a Windows PC, either through the Settings app or with keyboard shortcuts. We'll first look at how to rotate the screen using Settings, then cover the keyboard shortcuts.

Rotate Screen Using the Settings App

This method comes in very handy if you also need to change some more display-related settings along with the screen orientation.

First, open the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ icon present in the ‘Pinned apps’ section or type in the menu to perform a search for it.

Then, on the Settings window, make sure you have selected the ‘System’ tab from the left sidebar to continue.

After that, from the right section of the window, click on the ‘Display’ tile to continue.

Alternatively, you can also right-click on the desktop to reveal the context menu and select the ‘Display settings’ to directly jump to the display settings menu.

On the next screen, locate the ‘Scale & layout’ section and then click on the drop-down menu present on the ‘Landscape’ tile to reveal the overflow menu.

Then, select your desired option from the menu to immediately change the orientation. For your better understanding, below is a gist of all the options:

  • Landscape: Normal screen orientation is termed as landscape.
  • Portrait: This option will rotate your screen by 90 degrees to the left.
  • Landscape (flipped): This will rotate the screen by 180 degrees i.e, you screen will be oriented upside down.
  • Portrait (flipped): Similar to the portrait option, this will rotate your screen by 90 degrees to the right.

Once the orientation is changed, you will receive a prompt on your screen asking you to either keep the changes or revert them back to the previous configuration. Click on the ‘Keep changes’ button to apply the setting. If no input is provided by you, the orientation will be restored to the previous configuration.

Change Screen Orientation Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you wish to quickly change the screen orientation without going through the hoops of the menu, using the shortcuts is the most effective way. However, do keep in mind the shortcuts tend to work only with machines having Intel graphics cards.

To rotate the screen 90 degrees to the left, press the Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrowkey together on your keyboard. The screen orientation will change immediately.

To rotate the screen 90 degrees to the right, press the Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrowkey together on your keyboard. The screen will be rotated immediately.

If you wish to rotate the screen upside down, press the Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrowkey together on your keyboard. No confirmation input will be required from your side.

To return the screen orientation to normal, press the Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrowkey; changing together on your keyboard.

There you go folks; changing the screen orientation is this simple on your Windows 11 PC.