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Screen Orientation - Change in Windows 8


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Screen Orientation - Change in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to change the orientation of a screen to display in landscape, portrait, landscape (flipped), or portrait (flipped) mode in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
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How to Change Screen Orientation in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show you how to change the orientation of a screen to display in landscape, portrait, landscape (flipped), or portrait (flipped) mode in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
How to Change Screen Orientation in Windows 8 and 8.1

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This tutorial will show you how to change the orientation of a screen to display in landscape, portrait, landscape (flipped), or portrait (flipped) mode in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

These settings made by any user will affect all users on the PC.





OPTION ONE
Change Screen Orientation of Display in Screen Resolution Settings

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open Screen Resolution.​
2. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, click/tap on Screen resolution, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)​
Display_Orientation-1.jpg
3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Display icon.​
A) Click/tap on the Change display settings link in the left pane, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)​
Display_Orientation-2.jpg
4. Select a display (ex: monitor) that you want to change the screen orientation of. (see screenshots below step 5)​
NOTE: If needed, you can click/tap on the Identify button to have the display number briefly appear on each display to help know which one to select.​
5. Click/tap on the Orientation drop down menu, and select the orientation mode you want, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshots below)​
Note   Note
If this is a tablet, then you could also check or uncheck the Allow the screen to auto-rotate box to turn on or off screen autorotation.
Note   Note

screen-rotation_Screen_Resolution.png
Display_Orientation-3.jpg
Display_Orientation-3B.jpg

6. If the selected screen orientation looks good to you, then click/tap on Keep changes. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: If not, then you could either click/tap on Revert or wait 15 seconds to undo the screen orientation change to go back to what the screen orientation was prior to changing it.​
Display_Orientation-4.jpg
7. If you like, repeat steps 4 to 6 for any other display you wish to change the screen orientation of.​
8. When finished, click/tap on OK in the Screen Resolution window to close it. (see screenshots below step 5)​





OPTION TWO
Change Screen Orientation of Display in PC settings

NOTE: This option is only available in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.
1. Open PC settings, and click/tap on PC & devices on the left side. (see screenshot below)​
Display_Orientation_PC_settings-1.jpg
2. Click/tap on Display on the left side of PC & devices. (see screenshot below)​
Display_Orientation_PC_settings-2.jpg
3. At the top on the right side, select a display (ex: monitor) that you want to change the screen orientation of. (see screenshot below step 2)​
NOTE: If needed, you can click/tap on the Identify link to have the display number briefly appear on each display to help know which one to select.
4. Under Orientation on the right side, select the orientation mode you want, and click/tap on the Apply button. (see screenshot below step 2)​
5. If the selected screen orientation looks good to you, then click/tap on Keep changes. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: If not, then you could either click/tap on Revert or wait 15 seconds to undo the screen orientation change and go back to what the screen orientation was prior to changing it.​
Display_Configuration_PC_settings-3.jpg
6. If you like, repeat steps 3 to 5 for any other display you wish to change the screen orientation of.​
7. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.​





OPTION THREE
Change Screen Orientation of Display in Windows Mobility Center

NOTE: This option will only be available if you have a touch screen or tablet.
2. In Screen Orientation for the display (ex: Primary) you want, click/tap on the Rotate screen button until the orientation is how you want it. The current orientation (ex: landscape) will be displayed above the Rotate screen button. (see screenshot below)​
WIndows_Mobility_Center_Screen_Orientation.jpg



OPTION FOUR
Change Screen Orientation of Display with Keyboard Shortcut


Note   Note
This option is only available on supported tablets and notebooks.


1. Press the keys below for what screen orientation you want.​
CTRL + ALT + Up Arrow = (default setting) Landscape​
CTRL + ALT + Down Arrow = Landscape (flipped)​
CTRL + ALT + Left Arrow = Portrait​
CTRL + ALT + Right Arrow = Portrait (flipped)​


That's it,
Shawn


 
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Great stuff Brink as usual.

But your standard method shown has one serious drawback. this being that once the display orientation has changed away from the usual landscape it is friggin difficult to move the mouse cursor to the various required positions and a touchscreen is only marginally better.

Fortunately and most unexpectedly whilst trying to allocate ten two-key pair shortcuts using the Right Alt key (which is not marked Alt Gr) as the "modifier" plus one of my Dell laptop's numeric touch pad keys (0-9) I stumbled upon four far easier shortcuts using four of the pairs I wanted to use (Alt +2,4,6,8) where 8 got me immediately back to landscape.Of course one has to have a built in numeric pad

and it may be unique to my Dell , also I am only really able to use one hand on the keyboard so I cannot verify if this works using the numeric keypad provided on other laptops using the regular keys.

I did find

GBM How To: Keyboard Shortcut to Quickly Change Screen Rotation

which advocates using alt+ctrl+one of the four arrow keys which also works

I also discovered that on my Dell the right Alt key seems to be sending the same key identifier signal as Right Alt + Right Ctrl would do because I can now get directly to Landscape using just Alt + up arrow.

(easy to remember up-right therefore)
 

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Hello John, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Thank you for the reminder. Added as OPTION FOUR to help. :)
 

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    Custom self built
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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
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