This ones a cool one to play pranks on your friends, especially if your friends do not know how to get it back to the normal state 😉

The shortcut is

for normal windows : Ctrl + Alt + <Up arrow>
and for 180 deg it is : Ctrl + Alt + <Down arrow>

How ever you should know that these are default shortcuts for Intel Extreme Graphics Controller, and you can change them. To check / change or disable these keys go to control panel–>Intel Extreme Graphics–>Hot Keys.

Have fun :).


Some users have written to me saying the shortcuts do not work. This happens when you have not enabled rotation feature in Display Settings under Intel Graphics Media Accelerator media. You need to enable rotation in order to be able to Rotate / Flip your windows screen upside down / 90 / 180 / 270 degrees.


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  2. @chloe
    I can provide you with a very functional purpose for this feature >
    Case : I was doing a remote control on somebody’s PC to help him with an issue. After disconnecting in a few minutes the user calls telling me his display got rotated when pushing “Disconnect”. Tried all the combinations on Earth, none worked. Still looking for a keyboard combination that works on a desktop running Win7 independent of video spec.

  3. I’ve been a heavy computer user and professional IT network administrator over the past 25 years. Today was the first time I ever accidently hit the keys on my laptop to that caused my display to rotate 90 degrees. It’s kind of bad business practice to have that feature enabled by default.

  4. Thanks, was cleaning around the room and ended up with a very strained neck trying to find a solution. Hah. May I ask what functional purpose this serves- apart from pranking people that is.

  5. yes its a good pranks . It wasn’t working on my xp but Done what ever you mentioned and it is working now. Do you think it will work on windows 7 too.

  6. had to get into the vid controller interface on my HP laptop to enable the hotkeys. (Windows 7)

  7. Thank goodness for your tip. My baby hit the keyboard and turned the screen round and i was going mad trying to fix it! thanks

  8. that from your VGA driver not from your windows, just enable the rotation in your Display Properties

    and for linux user you should enable the compiz to utilize your desktop

  9. HI, I am using suse linux enterprise edition and suddenly i dont how but screen get rotate at 90 degree. please help me out.

  10. Hi any help, I found out how to do this the other day but its not working on my other computer (the 1 im typing this with

  11. @Jamie – I know it was scary the first time … but then once I figured out, trust me I’ve scared the hell out of most of my friends n family 😉

  12. Thank you for putting this out there. I bet you didn’t know you can do it to yourself by accident! Totally blew my mind and couldn’t find the fix while looking in help “sideways”.

  13. There’s a same set of functions under Nvidia too.

    They come under Nvidia control panel called NView.

    It has better functions like multiple desktops, window transparency, autoresize etc.

    I have it on my HP DV6000TX running Nvidia GeForceGO 7400 on XP.
    Although this thing was missing on Vista. [:)]


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