How to rotate screen on Chromebook

How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook: 3 Methods Explained!

Adjuting the resolution or disconnecting an external monitor might result in screen rotation on your Chromebook. While Chromebook is an essential device to boost your productivity, you don’t want to waste time by fixing the rotated screen, isn’t it?!

I can understand the pain if your Chromebook is stuck in portrait mode after you messed up with either a keyboard shortcut or while disconnecting the external monitor. To get this solved, there are a couple of methods with which you can rotate the screen on the Chromebook within a matter of seconds.

3 Ways to Rotate Screen on Chromebook

These 3 ways to rotate the screen on Chromebook works like a charm and it doesn’t impact any other functionality on your device.

#1.  Use Chromebook’s Settings Page

This is the easiest of all ways and it gives you a chance to set the screen into different angles on your Chromebook. So here’s how you can do it.

  • To start with, open the launcher on your Chromebook and head over to the Settings page.
  • Scroll down and look for the Displays option under the Device category. Click on the Displays option from the list.

Rotate Screen on Chromebook using Settings

  • Now, click on the drop-down menu in the Orientation section and select the desired angle (0, 90, 180, or 270-degrees) depending on your needs. Here Zero degree means, standard screen position.

After selecting the required angle, and closing the settings, it will now rotate the screen as per your given inputs in orientation settings above.

#2. Rotate Using a Simple Keyboard Shortcut on Chromebook

If you love using keyboard shortcuts for all tasks you perform on your Chromebook, this method should be the quickest one for you to rotate the screen.

  • Press and hold CTRL + SHIFT and Refresh Key on the keyboard at once.
  • Click on continue if you see any prompt message on your screen after pressing the above keyboard shortcut.

how-to-rotate-the-screen-on-chromebook with Shortcut

This will turn the screen to 90-degrees at once and if you wish to rotate further, you need to press the same keyboard shortcut again. That’s how simple it is! If you’re not aware of where the refresh key is, it’s above the numbers 3 & 4 and it has a circle design on it, which is pretty easy to identify.

#3. Use Auto-rotate Feature

Just like any other Android smartphone or tablet, Chromebook too has the auto-rotate feature that can help you rotate the screen when needed. But this is just limited to either Portrait mode or landscape mode. Of course, if you hold the tablet upside down, it can still rotate 180-degrees and 270-degrees too.

To change the auto-rotate feature, make sure that your Chromebook is in tablet mode. Else, this method won’t work and you won’t be able to see the required option.

Click on the menu icon from the bottom right corner and tap on the auto-rotate feature to turn it on or off. This method only works when the Chromebook is in tablet mode.

Note: Whenever you apply any changes of screen rotation on your Chromebook, they’re saved until you change them manually. The settings remain saved even when you restart your Chromebook. The best way to change the settings is to follow the above methods or simply change the Chromebook to tablet mode and get back to normal mode to override the settings.

Rotating the screen and changing the options can be confusing if you’re not sure about where your trackpad is after rotating the screen. So I hope you’re aware of the consequences of rotating the screen.

Summing Up…

The above given methods work perfectly when you have a 2-in-1 Chromebook which can be also used as a tablet. Of course, the shortcut method and settings page method work on all Chromebooks but it’s just the auto-rotate feature that I’m referring to here.  Hope you got enough information on your query. Make sure you keep an eye on our tips section to read more of such how-to guides.

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