It is, in fact, an undesirable situation for the user. But the good news is that to reverse this situation, just apply a few simple measures to return your device’s screen to its original configuration. In this text, you will learn in an easy way how to untap your notebook screen. Follow!


Unless someone has access to your notebook and purposely changed the screen orientation in the system settings, the most likely thing to have happened is that the user has unintentionally pressed a specific key combination, which Windows understands as a command to rotate the image and consequently change its orientation.

This usually occurs because the notebook has additional video drivers present on the machine, as the system does not have these shortcuts natively. Manufacturers like Intel, AMD, and nVidia, among others, provide software solutions to control their GPUs, whether integrated or not, and they enable keyboard shortcuts capable of doing this.

Thus, any version of Windows can be subject to this “bug”, as long as the video drivers are installed. Otherwise (without the video drivers) it is not possible to change the screen orientation from the keyboard by accident. However, the good news for the user is that turning to untap the screen is a very simple procedure, as we will see later on.


At certain times, the user may consider changing the original screen rotation, in specific situations that help him to work better with some visual material.

If you’re a graphic designer, for example, and you’re working on a poster and you need to get a better idea of ​​how your project will look in portrait format, it can be helpful to flip your notebook screen. Or, if you’re responsible for regularly creating spreadsheets that only make sense when used in a vertical screen orientation, it might also make the data easier to visualize if the screen isn’t in its original position.

It’s worth mentioning that, of course, the horizontal orientation is the default shape that comes from the factory, and it’s also the default you’ll use for your daily web browsing and other routine tasks. Therefore, it is important to know how to turn the screen over in case of carelessness when touching the keyboard or even when the user ends the work with the screen in a different position.


Now, let’s get to what really matters: it’s time to learn how to flip your notebook screen. To do this, you can use keyboard shortcuts or operating system configuration menus. Below you will find the steps to carry out this process.


In the Windows system, through shortcut keys, it is possible to direct the notebook screen to any position desired by the user. Check it out below

Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow : the screen is vertical, from right to left;
Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow : the screen is horizontal, but upside down;
Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow : the screen is also vertical, but in the opposite direction to the previous one — from left to right;
Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow : the screen is in the “correct” position — the one we usually use.
Through these commands, it’s easy to observe: if you want to untap your device’s screen and return to its original position, just press the Ctrl, Alt and Up Arrow keys simultaneously.


Both major operating systems have specific settings to undo a flipped laptop screen. Check out:


Step 1: Go to free space on your desktop, then right-click and select “Display Settings”.

Step 2: Choose “Screen Resolution” option.

Step 3 :Once the tab is open, click on the screen orientation, located in the “settings” tab.

Step 4: There you will find the options: “Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (facing) or Portrait (facing)”.

Step 5: If you select one of the last two options, your screen will be upside down. Therefore, the options that must be chosen in this case are the first, according to the user’s preferences.


Windows 10 allows the user to orientate the screen in four ways: in the traditional way, with a 90º rotation to the left, with a 90º rotation to the right or upside down. To flip your notebook screen, you need to follow the tutorial below:

Step 1 : Go to the Windows desktop and right-click on it. In the menu that opens, select “Display Settings”.

Step 2 : In the new window that opens, click on the “Screen Orientation” drop-down menu.

Step 3 : Choose which orientation you want to use. When selecting a new orientation, the screen will be rotated to the direction you choose immediately. Orientations will be available: landscape (traditional), portrait (90º left), portrait facing (90º right) and landscape facing (upside down).

Step 4 : Click on “Keep Changes” to save the new option. If you don’t like the result, click the “Revert” button so that the screen direction returns to normal patterning.


If you have an Apple device, whether it’s the iMac or MacBook Air model, you can also flip the notebook screen without any problem.

Step 1:  Enter the Apple Menu (apple icon and select the “System Preferences” option).

Step 2:  Among the available alternatives, click on “Screens” and then on “Screen Adjustment”.

Step 3:  Select the monitor present in the sidebar.

Step 4:  Click on the “Rotation” menu and choose how many degrees you want to rotate. Remembering that 90º the screen is rotated to the right, 180º upside down and 270º rotated to the left. Selecting the desired angle, click on “Confirm”.

Step 5:  To switch back to the default screen orientation, click the “Rotation” pop-up menu and select “Default”.

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