My Windows Screen is Flipped Upside Down

Did you walk back to your computer after lunch to find your entire Windows screen is flipped upside down? You have fallen victim to one of the most common office gags, or you or your cat has accidentally hit some keys and changed the orientation of the screen. Either way, these steps should set you back to a right-side up screen.

Up and Down Keyboard Shortcut

If your screen is flipped upside down, try pressing:


If this works, CTRL + ALT + UP ARROW was probably pressed accidentally.


Sideways Keyboard Shortcut

If your screen is flipped side to side instead of upside down, you will want to try:





Display Driver Software

The video card software you have installed may also be controlling this type of setting. This is very rare, but on such occasions, there are usually a set of keys you can press on your keyboard to flip the screen, or a utility that runs in the taskbar that controls the setting. In most of these cases, the following steps will work:

1. Right click the Desktop, then select “Screen resolution

2. Select the “Advanced settings” link.

3. From here, options can vary depending on your video card. Check for anything that says “Orientation“, then change it to the desired setting.

If you’re still not having any luck, the setting might be located within the menus of your display. Try looking at the menus on the actual display to see if there are any settings for flipping the screen. For example, NVIDIA’s video card software has an option available by selecting the following:

1. Right-click the NVIDIA icon in the taskbar, then select “Open NVIDIA Control Panel“.

2. Select the “Rotate display” link in the left pane.

3. Set the orientation as desired.


I hope at least one of these tips has solved this problem for you. Happy computing!


  1. Sten says

    On Mac Press Ctrl+cmd+p and choose “double” (i have Danish OS X so it May have another text)

  2. Laurel Sarett says

    Had to go to the screen resolution Damn cat ! but my fault for not closing the lid. So glad you were here to help!

  3. tami says

    Thank you so much! My cat did it and it was GREAT to be able to find your site and a quick fix…one site wanted me to downoad software to fix it??!! Thank you!

  4. Gilda Machado says

    My kitty did it, but it’s the company’s laptop. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

  5. says

    Thanks! The screen flip trick worked! But in my button pushing frenzy BEFORE I asked, I’ve somehow made my keyboard not work. When I type it just goes “click click click” but no letters. I have to use the keyboard on display. Can you tell me that trick???

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