Computer Screen Turned Sideways: How to Fix it

Use the dedicated keyboard shortcut

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about technology ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. He's a PC enthusiast and he... read more
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  • When the computer screen turns sideways, it's generally the misconfigured settings or an inadvertent key press to blame.
  • A quick solution is to use the keyboard shortcut to change the display orientation.
  • If the problem is persistent, performing a system restore will help.
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When you’re working on the computer, and the screen turns sideways or tilts, it indicates either a recent change or misconfigured settings. In most cases, it’s an issue at the user’s end.

Fortunately, there are ways to work around this issue and fix the sideway screen on the computer. Keep reading to find out!

How do I get my computer screen back to vertical?

1. Use the keyboard shortcut

For those of you wondering how to rotate the computer screen with a keyboard, press Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow keys simultaneously. This will rotate your screen back to the normal or default display setting.

If this doesn’t work, you can hold Ctrl + Alt and then press either the Left, Right, or Down arrow keys to rotate the display orientation as per the preferred choice.

2. Check screen orientation

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select Display Settings.
  2. Go to Orientation and select Landscape.change orientation to fix computer screen turned sideways

When the computer screen turned sideways, a quick solution is to change the display orientation to landscape. This worked for several users.

3. Check the graphics options

  1. Right-click on the desktop, hover the cursor over Graphics options, and then on Rotation.
  2. Select Rotate to 0 degrees.change rotation

Often the rotation is to blame when you find the Windows screen turned sideways. And changing it back to the default position should fix things in no time!

4. Check the advanced settings

  1. Right-click on the destop, and select Display Settings.
  2. Click Advanced display settings to open monitor settings.
  3. Click Display adapter properties.
  4. Go to the tab with your graphics card.
  5. Click to reveal rotation settings option depending on the type of graphics card you have installed.
  6. Finally, under Rotation settings, choose 0 degrees or Normal to return the display to an upright setting, and save the changes.rotation

When the computer screen is turned sideways, changing the graphic adapter properties often comes to the rescue.

5. Perform a System Restore

If nothing else works, the last option is to perform a System Restore. This works if you have previously created restore points on the PC. However, Windows should automatically do that under default settings.

So, check whether any restore points exist and revert to one created before the error first appeared. And this should fix things if the computer screen went sideways.

Before you leave, find the display settings that deliver the best experience in Windows.

Let us know in the comments section whether any of these solutions worked to resolve the issue.

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