How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook

Chromebooks are very useful and handy that allows you to use them as tablets and laptops. As a fast typist when users are typing and during the typing, you accidentally press those keys that rotate the screen that are very much disturbing and distracts your mind from work.

Rotating the screen on a Chromebook is an unwanted problem that comes up when users mistakenly press the wrong keys and the desktop goes sideways. It’s also the easiest feature when using a Chromebook screen to show some presentations to others sitting around you. But still, the rotating screen is not always the best choice you do. Anyways it’s easy to rotate back the Chromebook screen.

If your Chromebook screen is out of the alignment the way you want, then there are three multiple ways to make your screen on Chromebook and also learn how to use the function keys to prevent unwanted screen rotation.

How to rotate your screen on Chromebook using Keyboard Commands?

This is the easiest way to rotate your screen by following keyboard commands and rotate the screen in 90-degrees. Just press Ctrl, Shift, and Refresh keys together (Ctrl+Shift+Refresh). The refresh key replaces the standard keyboard key F3 which symbolizes a circular arrow. You will find the refresh key above and in between 3 and 4 keyboard keys.

When first time you will press the key combination, then the Chrome OS will show a pop-up notification to confirm whether you want to rotate the screen or not. To confirm click the continue button and pop-up notification will not display again.

One thing you should keep in mind is that the Chromebook’s trackpad follows screen orientation. It means the shelf inhabit along the left of the screen that confirms horizontal movement is now from top to bottom not from side to side.

Even after rebooting, the Chromebook screen will be in any rotated orientation until you use the key combination.

If a keyboard command creates an issue it can not be undone. You can only use the Chrome OS setting to switch the top-row keys to standard function keys. To switch to the Chrome OS Command search key will and you can press the combination of Ctrl+Shift+Search+Refresh.

Steps to turn on the function keys:

  1. Click on the clock and click the gear icon then the setting window will open.
  2. Click on the Device located on the left.
  3. Select the keyboard.
  4. Click the switch next to hold the top-rows keys as function keys to turn on the feature.

How to rotate screen on your Chromebook through setting?

This is a long process to rotate the Chromebook screen through setting. Through the setting menu, you can rotate the screen to a 270-degrees orientation without using the keyboard combination.

  1.  Click on the clock by following the gear icon appearing on the menu and the setting window will open.
  2. Select Device appears on the left.
  3. Select Display appears on right.
  4. Click on the down arrow and select 90, 180, or 270 degrees that appear on the drop-down menu.

When using a 2in1 Chromebook in tablet mode the drop-down menu will be dimmed. To use this feature turn on to laptop mode or turn off auto rotation.

Rotate Screen on Chromebook by adjusting an external display

In this adjusting external display, the keyboard command will also work. The only difference is that the cursor must be there on the desktop screen called the second screen so Chrome OS knows to which the user wants to switch.

The setting is a little different-

  1.  Click on the clock and select the gear icon then the setting window will open.
  2.  Select the Device that is on the left.
  3.  Select Displays that are on right.
  4.  There is a thumbnail listed on the right of Display. Select the correct thumbnail to access the second setting.
  5.  Click on the down arrow and select 90, 180, or 270 degrees that displays on the drop-down menu.

How to auto rotate screen on Chromebook?

When this setting accessibility is turned on, the screen will automatically rotate between landscape and portrait mode when you move your device.

If you are continuously working you should turn off auto rotate because rotating the screen can interrupt your work.

Follow the steps to change the auto-rotate setting:

  1. Click on the gear icon and the setting window will open.
  2. Click accessibility.
  3. Click the auto-rotate screen.

How to rotate screen upside down on a Chromebook?

To rotate the screen upside down is easy to do. Just have to follow the quickstep.

On the Chromebook keyboard just hold on Ctrl+Shift+Refresh (the circular arrow) then the screen will rotate to 190-degrees. Again, to keep rotating your screen press the same keyboard combination and repeat the same screen orientation key combination until you get the desired direction.


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