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Is there a shortcut key for rotating displays in Windows 7?

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  • I have Windows 7 Pro
    I run a dual screen setup. The second screen gets most use when I am editting photos.
    I have two graphics cards in my system so that each screen can run off its own graphics card.

    Card 1) ASUS nVidia 7950GT
    Card 2) Gigabyte nVidia 9500

    What I am hoping someone can tell me is a way I can setup a shortcut key in windows to rotate Display 2 into Portrait mode.

    What I do is to work on the photo on Display 1 while having a full screen display of the photo on Display 2. This way if I am zoomed in etc on Display 1 I can easily see how those edits affect the image by looking at Display 2. It is really handy when working on a portrait image to rotate display 2 but it is annoying going into the display properties every 5 minutes that I change images and am therefore having to rotate the display again. I'm hoping there is some way that I can setup two shortcut keys or something of the like so that I can just hit those each time I want to change my display around.
    Thursday, November 26, 2009 11:08 AM

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  • Hi

    The only way to change the screen orientation in Windows is to change the option in the Display properties. There is no shortcut key for this that I'm aware of.

    I haven't installed an Nvidia card in awhile, but i do remember some of the older Nvidia software had a screen rotation option that could be changed with a keystroke or in the right click options on the Nvidia Notification area Icon.

    Take a look at the following link.

    NVRotate: Change Your Point of View

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for using Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Thursday, November 26, 2009 6:16 PM

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  • Hi

    The only way to change the screen orientation in Windows is to change the option in the Display properties. There is no shortcut key for this that I'm aware of.

    I haven't installed an Nvidia card in awhile, but i do remember some of the older Nvidia software had a screen rotation option that could be changed with a keystroke or in the right click options on the Nvidia Notification area Icon.

    Take a look at the following link.

    NVRotate: Change Your Point of View

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for using Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Thursday, November 26, 2009 6:16 PM
  • I would love to agree with Mr. Vernon but I inadvertently experienced a shortcut to my display orientation happen just a few minutes ago (hence me looking for answers to this very question!)  My wife's cat jumped up on my laptop while I was doing something, sat on my keyboard and the screen rotated 90 degrees.  Cat moved, and it rotated again!  So there I was going through the settings to manually put it back.  So the answer is YES there is a shortcut.....the bad news is no one seems to know what it is!!  Continuing to search.....

    -Glen
    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:16 AM
  • Okay, I found it!! Woohoo!!  I can rotate my display screen by using ctrl-alt- and any of the arrow keys!  Wow, that was a painful search, it should not have been that difficult to find.  Hope that helps!

    -Glen
    • Proposed as answer by Scout Pilot Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:31 AM
    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:31 AM
  • Hi Scout

    This is what I was referring to about systems with nVidia graphics. The nVidia Control Panel allows you to rotate the screen and the keyboard shortcut is what your cat inadvertently discovered. :)

    See the following website for more information.

    How To Rotate Your Monitor Screen Display

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for using Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 6:15 AM
  • In Windows 7 if you want to disable this feature so that the cats cannot reorient your screen, do the following: To disable them, simply right click anywhere on your screen and select Graphics Options and then Hot Keys and then Disable.

    Got this from

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7desktop/thread/dce2db93-bb8c-43fc-88b3-334f522cacdc

    tested it on a windows 7 laptop with intel graphics and this fix worked.

    Thursday, March 11, 2010 1:31 AM
  • I am using a Sony-Vaio VPCCW15FG latop with Windows 7 Home Premium, For Rotating the display the Nvidia control panel help window instructs " From the NVIDIA Control Panel navigation tree pane, under Display, click Rotate display to open the page". However settings window does not have any 'Rotate display' selection to choose. Any way out of this ?
    Sunday, March 28, 2010 6:41 PM
  • @Scout Pilot - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    This post was such a lifesaver.  The same thing happened to me - only with the cat; I inadvertently did it to myself!  

    The only other positive thing that came out of this experience was to realize how difficult tasks must be for the handicapped. I was so disorientd in trying to navigate it was nauseating.  So glad I found this forum and this post.

     

    Sunday, June 27, 2010 9:53 PM
  • Bless you!! My cat did exactly the same thing.  I couldn't figure out how I was going to explain that to anyone. It's like the dog eating the homework. Bless you!!
    Sunday, October 17, 2010 3:29 AM
  • thankyou , thankyou, thankyou. My wife just called me at 2am in the morning,,, her kitten had done exactly the same thing. She is currently visiting her mum 800km away.

    AFTER i finished rolling on the floor laughing, I did a search and found this post...

    :P

     

     

    Friday, December 03, 2010 2:25 PM
  • whats up with cats rotating displays these days?

    Anyway, none of your solutions apply to anyone who doesn't have  nvidia graphics card, I dont understand why this topic is market as solved.

    Sunday, December 05, 2010 10:50 PM
  • It works for me. I have a netbook with an intel gfx chip.

    Right Click on the desktop -> Graphics Options -> Hot Keys

    You need to make sure 'Enabled' Is check. By default my asus netbook was set to disabled. As soon as I enabled it I could change the orientation with the ctrl-alt arrow keys mentioned above.

    • Proposed as answer by McCodeWriter Friday, February 04, 2011 4:04 PM
    Friday, December 10, 2010 6:15 AM
  • Glen are you me from the future? What happens in 2012? My cat did the same thing and here I ended. Thanks for the solution Scout Pilot!
    Thursday, December 16, 2010 7:51 PM
  • Try the FLAG+TAB key.  Flag being the Windows Shortcut Key, between the CNTL and ALT.

    Hold the Flag key and keep hitting tab.

    Thursday, December 16, 2010 10:49 PM
  • Erjoalgo,

    In most cases, a graphics card manufacturer has a software control panel that you can use to control the Desktop orientation.  This is NOT specific to NVidia alone.  The "CTRL+ALT+ <arrow key> is synonomous to WIndows shortcut/hot keys and not related solely to the graphics card control panel provided by the manufacturer.  Many times, the manufacturer's graphics card control panel may even turn off those specific hot key/shortcut key combinations and they need to be manually turned back on by the user.

    If the recommended shortcut keys do not work for you, try pressing the right CTRL key or the right shift key five times in rapid succession (less than 10 seconds).  You should receive a Windows pop-up explaining what you've done and asking you if you want to activate sticky keys or hot keys.

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:16 PM
  • I have a ati radeon hd 5870, the ctrl ><^V doesnt work for me; it worked on vista with same gfxC manufacturer, but for whatever reason it won't work on windows 7. I have perused the control panel for a way to enable it but as of yet have been unsuccessful... if anyone might point the way to it I would be most appreciative.
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 12:24 AM
  • Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! It was indeed a painful search as I had my head tilted all the way to the right, wondering what the heck I had pressed to make my screen rotate!!! Thankyou for the answer =)
    Sunday, February 13, 2011 11:59 PM
  • The shortcut keys are control+alt+arrow key(whatever direction you want to orient the screen. Unfortunately that is the same shortcut for manually kerning text in Adobe Illustrator. It scared me when monitor went blank and came back sideways when i was adjusting some text in the graphics program! This is a powerful tool in Illustrator so I am going to have to disable this function for the monitor.
    Thursday, June 09, 2011 12:41 AM
  • I have Windows 7 Home Premium with all the latest SP updates running on a SONY Vaio laptop with an external Dell monitor. The monitor rotates to portrait view, but I can't get the display to rotate. The Control + Alt + Arrow thing only makes everything flash about ten times, then it does back to normal. I found this screenshot saying that the Win7 software includes an option for display orientation: http://www.labnol.org/software/rotate-monitor-in-windows-7/8972/ but my display settings have no such button. So, what's up?

    Saturday, July 09, 2011 5:35 PM
  • This site shows an option under "adjust screen resolution," but my display settings no longer have that button either. I just have "resolution" and when you click it, there are sliders for different resolutions, with none of the choices shown here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTibg05K_80

     

    Why do they keep changing it, and why is it so unintuitive?

    • Proposed as answer by ACraig Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:04 AM
    Saturday, July 09, 2011 5:56 PM
  • I would love to agree with Mr. Vernon but I inadvertently experienced a shortcut to my display orientation happen just a few minutes ago (hence me looking for answers to this very question!)  My wife's cat jumped up on my laptop while I was doing something, sat on my keyboard and the screen rotated 90 degrees.  Cat moved, and it rotated again!  So there I was going through the settings to manually put it back.  So the answer is YES there is a shortcut.....the bad news is no one seems to know what it is!!  Continuing to search.....

    -Glen

    LOL.  I went online to find the answer to this for the same reason.  My cat loves to be on the desk with me and he rolled right on to my keyboard and somehoe managed to hit the right combination of keys.  The next thing I knew I was looking at a sideways screen. Ha!  Thanks to this thread, I now have the answer, though. :)
    Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:47 PM
  • Maybe only some releases of Windows 7 has it... Ultimate and whatever version is used for tablets should have it
    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 11:56 PM
  • Thanks Scout you are a life saver, I'm at work on a Sunday & there are no tech guys available and I have loads of typing to do. Thanks again

    Katie x

    Sunday, November 20, 2011 1:12 PM
  • Ctr+Alt+RightArrow (and you can go back with Ctrl+Alt+UpArrow)
    • Proposed as answer by Hanna Sokolov Monday, December 05, 2011 5:10 PM
    Monday, December 05, 2011 5:09 PM
  • I need a way to disable screen rotation with the <Crtl+Alt+Left Arrow> and <Crtl+Alt+Right Arrow> as these keys are already assigned in another app I use. The disable for the Intel drivers works fine, but my machine has both Intel and nVidia drivers. The nVidia offers no way to disable the original <Crtl+Alt+Left Arrow> and <Crtl+Alt+Right Arrow>. You can create additional key sequences that do the same thing, but you can't disable the original key sequences. HELP!

    -Thanks

     

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:11 PM
  • Thank you verry much

     

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:38 AM
  • My cat did the same, thanks for posting the solution!!!!!!
    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:45 PM
  • That worked perfectly Scout Pilot, you're the man. Ctl, alt and up arrow key put me back in  business. Woohoo too.
    Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:10 PM
  • Thanks a lot Scout!

    Best regards,

    Mello

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:07 PM
  • I need a way to disable screen rotation with the <Crtl+Alt+Left Arrow> and <Crtl+Alt+Right Arrow> as these keys are already assigned in another app I use. The disable for the Intel drivers works fine, but my machine has both Intel and nVidia drivers. The nVidia offers no way to disable the original <Crtl+Alt+Left Arrow> and <Crtl+Alt+Right Arrow>. You can create additional key sequences that do the same thing, but you can't disable the original key sequences. HELP!

    -Thanks

     

    I would also like an answer to this one?? the brainfart the made this keyboard shortcut should at least give us a way to disable it ..

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 9:23 AM
  • Wow, great thanks!


    //TJ

    Thursday, March 15, 2012 8:02 PM
  • Thanks, Glen!!!! :D my neck was starting to bother me... had a little accident lifing my laptop and ended up with a 90 degree left turned screen. You saved my day :)

    Janne Cathrine

    Saturday, April 07, 2012 8:07 AM
  • My wife did the same thing on her XP netbook this evening. I found the answer here and used it successfully.

    Instead of nVidia here graphics are an Intel driver. They have a similar tab (Display Settings) in the Graphics Properties but the tabs run vertically instead of horizontally. It also has the check box that enables the rotation and you can set the rotatation to 0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees. After clicking Apply, you must click OK for the change to become effective within 15 seconds (like you do when changing screen resolution).

    I also found a tab for Hot Keys which has a check box to enable/disable the Ctrl+ Alt+ direction key. After unchecking the box and clicking OK I can no longer use the Hot Key to change the rotation. I can still change the rotation by changing it in the Display Settings tab of the Graphich Properties. Again you will have the 15 seconds to click OK for it to become effective.

    Warning, if you use the Graphics Options choice (Click on the icon in the notification area / status bar, of the task bar) there is no 15 second delay, it is effective Immediately.

    Also if you have a laptop or netbook with a glidepad instead of a mouse, it is difficult to control the mouse unless you connect an external mouse (wireless or corded).

    Alan Craig

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 5:00 AM
  • Do you work for Microsoft?

    "The only way to change the screen orientation in Windows is to change the option in the Display properties. There is no shortcut key for this that I'm aware of."

    There has always been a keyboard short cut for rotating the display.

    Friday, September 28, 2012 7:29 PM
  • Some graphic devices do support a keyboard shortcut to rotate the screen, notably nVidia, enables the Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys.
    • Proposed as answer by Wasif K Niazi Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:09 PM
    Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:57 AM
  • CTRL+ ALT + ARROW KEYS

    Monday, June 24, 2013 1:19 PM