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How do you turn a screen upside down?

Every computer user is faced with a surprise every now and then. One of those surprises may be that your screen suddenly turns upside down. Although this is an unusual situation, it can occur due to an unintended key combination or an error in the system settings. Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve. In this article we discuss how to get your screen back into the correct orientation.

Why is my screen turned upside down?

Before we get into the solutions, it's helpful to know how this problem can arise. Usually this happens by accidentally pressing a combination of keys that activates screen rotation. It could also be that someone else with access to your computer set this up as a prank.

Shortcuts for Screen Rotation

A common cause of an upside-down screen is accidentally using keyboard shortcuts that activate screen rotation. For Windows users, these are often the following key combinations:

  • Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow key : Return the screen to an upright position.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow key : Rotates the screen 180 degrees.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right Arrow Key : Rotates the screen 90 degrees to the left or right.

These shortcuts may not work. This depends on your graphics card and the drivers installed. If these key combinations don't work, you can switch to another method.

Adjust display settings via the Control Panel

Another way to get your display back upright is through the Control Panel or Settings menu, depending on your operating system. Follow these steps for Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select 'Display settings'.
  2. Under 'Orientation', select 'Landscape' or 'Portrait', depending on how your display was set up before it turned upside down.
  3. Confirm your choice by clicking 'Apply'.

For older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, you can find the same settings by going to Control Panel, selecting 'Display' and then 'Adjust screen resolution'.

When Nothing Seems to Work

If none of the above methods work, the problem may lie deeper. A possible cause could be a problem with the video card or drivers. In that case, try the following steps:

  • Update video card drivers : Visit your graphics card manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers.
  • Windows Update : Make sure your operating system is fully updated. Sometimes a simple update can solve the problem.


It's certainly annoying when your screen turns upside down without warning, but with the tips above it should be possible to solve this problem quickly and efficiently. If you regularly experience this problem, don't forget to make a note of the steps you took to resolve it. This way you can save time in the future.


  1. Do the keyboard shortcuts for rotating the screen work on every device?
  2. No, this depends on the graphics card and the specific settings of your computer.

  3. What should I do if my screen is still upside down after these steps?

  4. Consider contacting your laptop's technical support or your display manufacturer.

  5. Could these problems indicate a virus or malware?

  6. It's uncommon for viruses or malware to change your screen orientation, but it's always a good idea to run a full system scan if you notice any suspicious activity.

By following these steps, you should be able to get back to work quickly with a properly oriented display.

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