Changing your laptop’s screen orientation can he handy in various situation. One reason why you may want to rotate your laptops screen orientation is if you want to display it on a portrait oriented external display.
Here’s how to change the screen orientation in five easy steps.
How to Rotate your screen on a Windows laptop
On Windows, you can change your laptops screen orientation using two techniques. The first one is pretty easy – it’s a hidden shortcut in Windows. The second way is by manually navigating to the Settings section of Windows 10.
Using the Shortcut keyboard keys
Press and hold the CRTL, and ALT keys, then press the arrow keys. If it works, you should revert to default landscape mode using the up-arrow key. This method is easy, but it might not for everyone since it depends on the video card.
Using the Settings app
Open your Settings app.
Tap Display from the left-aligned menu, if Windows 10 doesn’t take you to the page directly when it first opens the System settings page.
Under Display Orientation, select Portrait. You shouldn’t select Portrait flipped because your display will not be aligned as you expect.
Windows 10 will prompt you to Keep the changes, or revert back to previous settings.
Tap “Keep changes” from the popup to save your new screen orientation.
How to Rotate your screen on a MacBook
On Mac, there’s no shortcut to rotate your screen. However, you can be able to rotate your screen with just a few clicks like on Windows 10.
To rotate your MacBook screen;
Click the Apple icon on the top-left corner
Tap “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu
Hold down the Option and Command keys while opening System Preferences, then select display. If you don’t hold down the Option and Command keys while opening System Preferences, the rotation drop-down menu will not appear.
Select the screen orientation from the rotation drop down menu. There are variety of options including Standard, 90 degrees, 180 degrees, and 270 degrees.
If you opened the System Preferences without holding the two keys, close the system preferences and repeat the procedure – this time holding down the keys.