Tablets powered by Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 automatically change the screen orientation as you turn the Tablet.
Rotate screen orientation in Windows 10/8.1
As you likely know, changing the screen orientation on a desktop or laptop is normally done by right-clicking on the desktop, clicking Screen Rotation, and then selecting an orientation type. While most users prefer this method to rotate the screen on desktops and laptops, a large number of users prefer rotating the screen with the help of keyboard shortcuts.
Some graphics card manufactures offer handy shortcuts to quickly rotate the screen or change the screen orientation. For instance, on my laptop powered by Intel HD Graphics, I can simply press Ctrl+Alt+ arrow key (left/right/up/down) to rotate the screen without touching the mouse or touchpad. Hotkeys to change the screen orientation are disabled by default to avoid accidentally changing the screen rotation.
If your computer is using Intel HD Graphics and you have installed all necessary drivers, simply right-click on the desktop, click Graphics Options, click Hot Keys and then tick Enable option to turn on these hotkeys.
And if your PC’s graphics driver doesn’t support rotating screen with the help of hotkeys, you can easily create keyboard shortcuts to change the screen orientation. In this guide, we will show how you can create hotkeys to rotate screen in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
METHOD 1 of 2
Use iRotate to change screen orientation using keyboard shortcuts
iRotate is a tiny utility designed to help you easily rotate the screen orientation in Windows. Although it has not been updated since 2008, it’s compatible with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and the latest Windows 10.
Once iRotate is installed, you can use the following hotkeys to rotate the screen.
Ctrl+Alt+Up to rotate to the default
Ctrl+Alt+Left to rotate 90 degrees
Ctrl+Alt+Down to rotate by 180 degrees
Ctrl+Alt+Right to rotate by 270 degrees
METHOD 2 of 2
Create custom hotkeys to rotate screen orientation using Display utility
If iRotate is not working on your PC for some reason, there is another working method to create your own keyboard shortcuts to rotate the screen orientation in Windows.
We have tested this method on both Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 10 to confirm that it works good.
Step 1: Visit this page and download Display utility by clicking the Download button.
Step 2: Save the Display executable in a safe location. For instance, you can create folder named Display under the root of “C” drive and save the Display.exe there.
Step 3: Next, you need to create a total of four shortcuts to Display.exe. To do so, right-click on the desktop, click New, click Shortcut, enter the given below paths, and then enter a name for the shortcut.
As we said before, you need to create four shortcuts using below mentioned codes:
C:\Display/Display.exe /rotate:0 (enter name as 0)
C:\Display/Display.exe /rotate:90 (enter name as 90)
C:\Display/Display.exe /rotate:180 (enter name as 180)
C:\Display/Display.exe /rotate:270 (enter name as 270)
That is, for the second shortcut, paste C:\Display/Display.exe /rotate:90 in the location and enter 90 as its name. Likewise, you need to type C:\Display/Display.exe /rotate:270 while creating the fourth shortcut and name it as 270.
Please note that if you have saved the Display.exe in a location other than C:\Display\Display.exe, please make appropriate changes while creating shortcuts.
Step 4: Once all four shortcuts are on the desktop, you need to right-click on each shortcut, click Properties, switch to Shortcut tab, and then assign a unique keyboard shortcut by clicking the Shortcut key box, and then clicking the keys that you would like to assign.
Once done, click Apply button.
Follow this procedure for all four shortcuts and assign different hotkeys. Your custom hotkeys to rotate screen orientation are ready now! Good luck.
Credit for this tip goes to Sudo