How to Fix an Upside Down Screen in Windows 10

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it can cause a surge of panic as you begin to wonder how to adapt to a screen where you need to move your mouse down to go up and left to go right. We’re talking about an upside down screen in Windows 10, of course, and here we’ll show you why this might happen and how to fix it.

This is the kind of thing that might just happen if you update your PC, make changes to your registry, or any number of undetectable things. A friend of mine who installed Windows on his Mac via Bootcamp, for example, has experienced this a few times. Naturally, an argument always ensues where I blame his Mac for the issue and he blames Windows, before I begrudgingly help him out.

Alternatively, if you like using keyboard shortcuts, you might have pressed Ctrl + Alt + Arrow key by accident. Depending on which arrow key you press along with Ctrl + Alt, that’s the direction your screen will rotate.

Theoretically, hitting Ctrl + Alt + Up should bring your screen back to normal, though it’s quite possible that you don’t have this hotkey activated (the PC we’re using doesn’t).

If that’s the case, you’ll need to try the following solution.

The fix, thankfully, is pretty simple. Right-click an empty space on your Windows desktop and click “Display Settings.”

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You should now be in the Display section of the Settings window. All you need to do here is click the “Orientation” dropdown and select “Landscape.”

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Confirm that you want to “Keep Changes,” and your world should be back in order.

And that’s it. Just a few clicks and your display should no longer be upside-down. As a bonus, if you ever want to prank someone by turning their screen orientation upside-down when they’re not looking, you can now do that, too!

One comment

  1. In Ubuntu Linus all you have to do is click on “System Settings” > “Displays” > “Rotation” > from the pull down menu select the rotation you want (Clockwise, Counterclockwise, 180 degrees, or Normal) Pretty simple isn’t it?

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