Shortcut Key To Flip The Screen In the Windows TO 180 Degree..

March 27th, 2008

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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  1. April 1st, 2008 at 22:33 | #1

    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. [:)]

  2. Jamie
    November 28th, 2008 at 23:02 | #2

    This trick is uber cuil :) … I’m having so much fun pranking my frieds :)

  3. November 28th, 2008 at 23:05 | #3

    @Jamie – I totally agree ;)

  4. Jamie
    September 7th, 2009 at 22:01 | #4

    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”.

  5. September 8th, 2009 at 02:17 | #5

    @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 ;)

  6. Loser
    October 6th, 2009 at 00:12 | #6

    Everyone shouldn’t prank friends. That is very mean of you.

    October 10th, 2009 at 05:48 | #7

    Thanks, my 4 year old hit a few buttons and BOOM…what a mess…thanks to this posting …

  8. bob
    November 26th, 2009 at 19:42 | #8

    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

  9. December 16th, 2009 at 06:07 | #9

    Canadian kid, exactly same happened to me… cept was my niece not kid lol

  10. Ian
    December 26th, 2009 at 05:39 | #10


  11. Neha
    January 8th, 2010 at 15:27 | #11

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

  12. bojangles
    February 10th, 2010 at 18:44 | #12

    i keep trying to mess with my friends by doing that at school but it wont work

  13. February 10th, 2010 at 19:24 | #13

    @Bojangles – Which version of Windows are you using ?

  14. nothingz
    June 22nd, 2010 at 09:15 | #14

    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

  15. August 18th, 2010 at 11:33 | #15

    I love doing this to work mates computers while they are AFK :)

  16. chauhan
    October 25th, 2010 at 15:46 | #16

    press window key nd control key wid arrow key

  17. New999
    November 11th, 2010 at 16:26 | #17

    I cant flip my computer.
    Im using a Windows Vista Ultimate by the way.

  18. jono
    February 16th, 2011 at 05:03 | #18

    thank you for stopping me smashing my laptop! How does a toddler do that anyway?

  19. February 16th, 2011 at 07:48 | #19

    @Jono – by mistake I guess, unless he/she was a computer genius in his previous birth :)

  20. patti russell
    March 1st, 2011 at 02:11 | #20

    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

  21. KASHphotographer
    March 29th, 2011 at 14:09 | #21

    Thanks alot :) that was really gud trick for me god bless you !!!

    May 31st, 2011 at 07:02 | #22

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

  23. babynocry
    June 2nd, 2011 at 19:54 | #23

    Loser :Everyone shouldn’t prank friends. That is very mean of you.


  24. Manzoor Ahmed Khan
    June 4th, 2011 at 15:53 | #24

    Solved Tank you so mouch

  25. Manzoor Ahmed Khan
    June 4th, 2011 at 15:54 | #25

    Solved Thank You So Much

  26. September 15th, 2011 at 15:17 | #26

    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.

  27. Atif
    January 29th, 2012 at 19:50 | #27

    I was worried from past two hours and just fixed my desktop.. thanks for your help

  28. chloe
    April 9th, 2012 at 09:50 | #28

    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.

  29. chloe
    April 9th, 2012 at 09:50 | #29

    **Was cleaning and hit keys by accident. obv.

  30. chart3
    April 24th, 2012 at 20:38 | #30

    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.

  31. Abhinav
    June 4th, 2012 at 06:41 | #31

    Thanks ALOT. Very useful information.
    Resolved my issue.

  32. Bob
    November 28th, 2012 at 18:28 | #32

    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.

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