How to Fix an Upside Down Screen in Windows 10

Dave LeClair 26-09-2016

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 Take Your Productivity to the Next Level by Using Multiple Screens Once you've used multiple screens, it's hard to go back to using just one. multiple displays are useful for more than just watching your two favorite sports teams at the same time. Read More , 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.

Thee are plenty other things that can go wrong with your Windows 10 screen, like the bothersome Windows 10 flickering screen How to Fix Screen Flickering and Flashing on Windows 10 Is your Windows 10 screen flashing or flickering? Here's how to troubleshoot your computer and find the cause. Read More , and we’ve got you covered. Another common Windows 10 problem is the incorrect display of the battery level How Do You Fix a Windows 10 Laptop With a Wrong Battery Percentage Is your Windows 10 laptop battery showing the wrong info? Here's how you can fix the problem and show the right battery levels. Read More . This target laptop users specifically, and we have a fix for it!

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  1. Tamás
    September 29, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Many thanks! This was a lifesaver!

  2. Marrilyn
    January 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm


  3. Marrilyn
    January 21, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I was played old mario game and I' been pushing Ctrl+Alt +up/down and now there's a problem??

  4. Cindy
    April 19, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    haha ...why am I searching this subject? Because my cat stepped on my keyboard, and it's the 3rd time! How she pushes 3 keys at once is beyond me.
    Thanks for the answers

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


  6. 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.

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

    Interesting short cuts

  8. 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.