How to Fix an Upside Down Screen in Windows 10
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I’ve been using a Windows PC since Windows 95, so what I’m about to say is a little embarrassing… My dog stepped on my keyboard the other day and somehow managed to turn my screen upside down. The embarrassing part is that I actually didn’t know how to fix it (or that there was a keyboard shortcut that caused it to flip in the first place).

Some of you probably suffered from this same terrible fate, and were forced to try and search Google on an upside down screen (I could have pulled out my phone and searched for the answer, but apparently I wasn’t firing on all cylinders on this day).

Sob story aside, all you need to is hit Ctrl + Alt + Up on your keyboard. Press Ctrl + Alt + Down to make it upside down again (though I don’t know why you’d want to). Ctrl + Alt + Right and Ctrl + Alt + Left will turn your screen to portrait mode!

If you use multiple displays, the keyboard shortcut doesn’t do anything, (so you probably shouldn’t have it end up reversed in the first place), but if you do, here’s how to fix it (this also works with a single display if the keyboard shortcut doesn’t work):

  • Right-click the desktop.
  • Click Display Settings.
  • Click on the image correlating to the display you want to rotate.
  • Change the options on the drop down menu labeled Orientation.
  • Click Apply.

Have you ever had to deal with an upside down screen? Do you turn yours upside down just to make things interesting? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Ezequiel Martinez Kolodens
    January 26, 2018 at 2:55 pm


  2. Anduril
    October 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    This was common knowledge at one call center I used to work for. The security policy was to lock the screen when you were away form your workstation, but people obviously ignored that rule, that is until they came back to their workstation to find their screen flipped upside down. But since it was easily remedied with the shortcut you could just laugh it off and get back to work. Though the more knowledgeable and devious employees would often screw up your mouse settings as well, giving it the trail, slowing it down, and so forth.

  3. J k m Nair
    September 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Interesting short cuts

  4. Dean R I H
    September 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I think it was because Intel Display Driver, by default the hot key is enabled, and you can disable it so you won't turn your screen upside down by accident.

    But idk, maybe I was wrong.