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. ed says

    i had to read this article upside down because of my cat. maybe you should include some upside down instructions for those of us who havent fixed it yet.

  2. Kathy says

    Thanks so very much. My granddaughter did something. I was stuck. Thanks again. This is a very helpful site. Love it.

  3. mika says

    Oh my gosh thank you soliloquy much that helped me out tremendously. You made my day.

  4. NChew says

    My screen was flipped sideways. I followed what you said: CTRL + ALT + Up ARROW, and my screen was restored to normal. Thank you very much.

  5. Evelyn Gates says

    I sent 3 second graders to the computer to read some info about Queensland, Australia and while I was working with some students. They came back to me claiming that they lost the page they were reading. It was a word document. Supposedly, they didn’t touch anything, but the screen was sideways.Control + Alt + UP ARROW and came back to normal. Thanks so much!!! I wonder what keys they pressed.

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