How do you fix a computer screen that is sideways?

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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When you’re working on your computer then suddenly your screen turns sideways, or it tilts, it could be caused by a few reasons.

Some of these reasons could be hitting a wrong key, or a change in the display settings.

Fortunately, there are ways to work around this issue and get your screen back to the normal mode you work with.

What to do if your PC screen turned sideways

  1. Use CTRL+ALT+UP
  2. Check Screen Orientation
  3. Check Graphics options
  4. Check Advanced settings
  5. Perform a System Restore

Solution 1: Use CTRL+ALT+UP

If you’re not signed in to your computer, sign in then press CTRL, ALT and UP arrow keys at the same time. This will rotate your screen back to the normal or default display setting.

If this doesn’t work, you can press the CTRL, ALT and either the Left, Right or Down arrow keys together to rotate to the display setting you want.

Sometimes, you may press the CTRL + ALT keys without even noticing that. Fortunately, this solutions should work for most users. However, if the issue persists, you may want to check out the fixes listed below as well.

Solution 2: Check Screen Orientation

Here’s how to do this:

  • Right click on your computer screen
  • Select Screen Resolution or Display Settings

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  • Go to Orientation

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  • Select Landscape

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Did this work? If not, go to the next solution.

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Solution 3: Check Graphics options

Here’s how to do this:

  • Right click on your computer screen
  • Select Graphics options

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  • Click Rotation

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  • Select Rotate to Normal or Rotate to 0 degrees


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Solution 4: Check Advanced settings

Take the following steps to fix the screen turns sideways issue:

  • Right click on the screen
  • Click Display Settings 

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  • Click Advanced Display settings to open monitor settings

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  • Click Display Adapter Properties

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  • Go to the tab with your graphics card
  • Click to reveal rotation settings option depending on the type of graphics card you have installed

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  • Under rotation settings, choose 0 degrees or Normal option to return the display to an upright setting. If you get the option of disabling rotation keys so that the screen turns sideways issue doesn’t recur, you can select it
  • Click Ok to save changes
  • Exit from the Properties window

Did this help? You can try the next solution as well.

Solution 5: Perform a System Restore

Use System restore to create restore points when you install new apps, drivers or Windows updates, or when you create restore points manually.

If the computer screen turns sideways, try and restore the system and see if it helps.

Here’s how to perform a system restore:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type System Restore
  • Click System Restore in the list of search results
  • Enter your administrator account password or grant permissions if prompted to
  • In the System Restore dialog box, click Choose a different restore point

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  • Click Next
  • Click a restore point created before you experienced the problem
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish

Restoring doesn’t affect your personal files. It however removes apps, drivers and updates installed after the restore point was created.

To go back to a restore point, do the following:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • In the control panel search box, type Recovery

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  • Select Recovery
  • Click Open System Restore

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  • Click Next
  • Choose the restore point related to the problematic program/app, driver or update
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish

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


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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