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Display Orientation Control in XP Pro

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ValerieC, Nov 4, 2007.

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  1. ValerieC

    ValerieC Thread Starter

    Nov 1, 2007
    My husband's computer using XP Home suddenly had the desktop display turn 90 degrees, so it appeared on the side, pointing left. With a Google search for "desktop display orientation" I found the solution to returning it to the upright position here on the Tech Support forums, from a posting last year. (AND discovered the site!)

    The solution was to "right click on blank area of screen, then on the "Graphics Properties" option in the popup menu, then search around there till you get to the rotation options.
    There is an option to allow you to set automatic rotation to OFF as well."

    This worked like a charm for his computer. HOWEVER...Although I don't have the problem, I discovered that when I right click on the desktop on MY computer, using XP PRO, I do not have a "Graphics Properties" option. I can't find anything anywhere on my computer for changing the orientation, i.e., rotation options

    Is this a factor of the XP version, or the monitors we are using?

    Also, I found a mention that the shortcut of "CTRL+ALT+ARROW" will change the orientation, but am hesitant to try it. Any information about that?
  2. stantley


    May 22, 2005
    What kind of video card do you have? I have an ATI card and the rotation settings are in the ATI Catalyst Control Center. Maybe you have something similar.
  3. Tufenuf


    Jul 28, 2007
    Valerie, On many computers pressing the Ctrl and Alt keys together with the up or down arrow or the left or right keys will correct the problem. Try this in this sequence:
    Ctrl & Alt & Up arrow key
    Ctrl & Alt & Down arrow key
    Ctrl & Alt & Right arrow key
    Ctrl & Alt & Left arrow key

    If your computer has a GeForce Video card, open your display settings (settings > advanced), click the Geforce XXXX tab, open 'additional properties', find NVrotate and click the button 'restore defaults' which is 'landscape (0 degree rotation)'.

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