One of the coolest pranks you can play on your friends in your locality or school is, flip windows screen of their computer. However, before you perform this little trick, you need to ensure that they have enabled screen rotation on their computer.

To check if they have enabled screen rotation:

1> Click ‘Start‘ –> ‘Settings‘ –> ‘Control Panel‘ –> Search for Intel Driver here, in my case it is ‘Intel(R) GMA Driver For Mobile‘. The Intel driver on your system will be pretty similar to the one on my system (in case you are unable to figure out how to handle features of your Intel driver, leave a comment and I’ll try to help you out).

2> By default, yo’ll be in  ‘Display Devices‘ tab. Click on ‘Display Settings‘ tab.

3> ‘Display Settings‘ tab will have an option –> ‘Enable Rotation‘, enable it by checking the ‘check-box’. Then click on ‘Apply‘.

This will enable screen rotation and the short cut keys to flip windows computer screen will work if it was not working earlier.

For your convenience here are directions to flip your windows screen vertically / horizontally:

1> For normal windows Press CTRL + ALT + the up arrow key.

2> To rotate windows screen vertically left 90 degrees, press CTRL + ALT + left arrow key

3> To rotate windows screen vertically right 270 degrees, press CTRL + ALT + right arrow key

4> To rotate windows screen upside down, press CTRL + ALT + down arrow key

If you have any issues or are unable to flip the screen leave a comment and I’ll try to sort the problem.


  1. Hi,

    How can I rotate my Windows 7 desktop? I tried using the ctrl + alt and arrow keys but it is not working. I even do not have screen orientation option in screen resolution. I am using an HP Pavilion dv6 laptop that uses Nvidia and Intel 3000 graphics

  2. I have used Control, alt and arrows to turn my scree round which is fixed, somehow, upside down. I cannot move back can you help please

  3. Hi, we have Windows Vista on a Dell laptop. I right-clicked on the desktop>Graphic options>rotation>180 degrees.

    The screen did not rotate, but zoomed in. Now the Rotation option has disappeard from the Graphics options menu.

    Thanks for any help


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