How To Rotate Screen On Dell Laptop? Step By Step

Whether you are working on your Dell laptop or simply browsing the internet, sometimes pressing incorrect keys on your keyboard can conjure up functions that you may not be familiar with.

These functions or actions may range from changing your resolution, brightness change, or even rotation of the whole screen. 

Now, I understand that it may be a little embarrassing or even come off as a weird situation to doze off on your laptop while you may be working in the middle night and wake up to a completely opposite-oriented screen.

In that case, fixing it to its original spot may be a little tricky and may not seem as easy as one might think because now not only do you have your screen rotated to a whole different angle but also your cursor is acting weird because it is no longer taking input from its original direction on your touchpad.

This is why I have curated this article on how to rotate screen on Dell Laptop, to remedy this issue for my less tech-savvy individuals.

So What Should I Do?

You could possibly rotate your whole laptop and use it at an angle it has its screen-oriented at, however, that might sound incredibly absurd and non-feasible, nonetheless, it is still applicable if you don’t want to follow the steps I will mention below in order to guide you mend the situation.

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Steps On How To Rotate Screen On Dell Laptop

Here are a couple of things you can do in order to rotate your screen back to its original orientation.

1. Identify The Graphics Driver

Even though the operating system in almost every windows based machine/laptop is the same, the keys that send the inputs and ensure the command performs its task and is displayed on the screen are quite different.

And sometimes may not even work as intended altogether, which is why identifying the sort of graphics driver you have installed might come in handy.

In General, you may have installed 3 types of Display drivers,

  • Intel-based Display drivers
  • AMD based Display drivers
  • Nvidia based Display drivers

2. Changing The Rotation Of Screen

Once you have determined the type of Graphics driver you have, you will then have to press the appropriate keys to change the direction of your screen to rotate it back to normal.

However, to cater to my fans alike, I will be listing all three methods, so scroll down and follow whichever suits best for you.

1. For Intel-Based Drivers

Since there are four possible orientations for a screen here are the keys you need to press for default screen rotation, keep in mind you have to press them in a combination in order for them to work.

Upright Position Default Position

To rotate your screen in an upright position, press “Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow” on your keyboard at the same time until you see a screen flash.

90 degrees clockwise Position

To rotate your screen in 90 Degrees Clockwise position, Press “Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow” on your keyboard at the same time until you see a screen flash.

180 degrees upside down Position

To rotate your screen in 180 Degrees Clockwise position, Press “Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow” on your keyboard at the same time until you see a screen flash.

270 degrees counter-clockwise Position

To rotate your screen in 270 Degrees Clockwise position, Press “Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow” on your keyboard at the same time until you see a screen flash.

2. For Nvidia Drivers

In order to rotate your screen, right-click on your screen and enter Nvidia Control Panel, 

  • Click on 3D Settings and press on the drop-down menu.
  • Now In that drop-down menu, click on the Display settings until you find “Rotate Settings”
  • Click on “Rotate settings” and change the screen orientation however you see fit.

3. For AMD Drivers

Right Click on your desktop and enter AMD Catalyst Control Center, 

  • Click on Desktop Management and open the drop-down menu.
  • Now, Find the Desktop Properties and click on them.
  • On the right, Change the orientation of the screen, however, you see suitable.

Can I Disable Screen Rotation

Even though it may look like a utility that may come in handy, nonetheless, the screen rotation option is pretty much useless, especially if you are rocking a laptop because as mentioned above you cannot just place or turn your laptop upside down and use it.

  • So in order to disable it, go to your proprietary Graphics driver software such as Intel, AMD, or Nvidia.
  • And click on Display settings and Toggle Display rotation.
  • There you have it, after toggling it off, you won’t be able to change the rotation of your screen, no matter which combination of keys you may press.

Final Word

So that’s all folks, hope this guide about how to Rotate the screen on a Dell laptop was well worth your time and wasn’t confusing enough to turn your mind upside down( No Pun Intended). That being said, If you have any sort of queries, let us know in the comment section below, we would be happy to help.

Till then, Take care!