Your laptop screen is turned sideways? Don’t worry… Although this is incredibly frustrating, you’re definitely not the only person to experience this problem. Lots of laptop users have recently reported the very same issue. More importantly, you should be able to fix it pretty easily…

Fixes to try

  1. Restore your laptop screen with a keyboard shortcut
  2. Restore your laptop screen in your display settings

BONUS TIP: Prevent your screen from rotating itself

Fix 1: Restore your laptop screen with a keyboard shortcut

This is the easiest way to rotate your laptop screen:

Hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard, then press the up arrow key to restore your screen rotation.

You can also change your screen orientation in your display settings.

Fix 2: Restore your laptop screen in your display settings

To rotate your screen in your system display settings:

  1. Right click an empty area of your desktop, then select Display settings or Screen resolution.

  2. Click the Orientation drop-down menu, then select Landscape.

  3. Click Keep Changes or the OK button (if you’re on Windows 7).

This should restore your laptop screen.

BONUS TIP: Prevent your screen orientation from changing itself

Sometimes your laptop graphics driver is not working properly so you’re having the screen sideways issue. You should try updating your graphics driver to see if this resolves your problem.

If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update your driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

  3. Click the Update button next to your graphics adapter to download the latest and correct driver for it, then you can manually install the driver. Or click the Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all outdated or missing drivers on your computer. (This requires the Pro version — you will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee.)
    You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
  4. Restart your computer.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at
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