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Windows Display is Upside Down

upside-downName: Mel Lee

just wondering if you can help me out. My granddaughter was leaning on the keyboard and everything on the monitor went upside down. I restarted the computer and the windows display is upside down. How do I get it right side up.
Thanks in advance

Where you say your granddaughter leaned on the keyboard the first thing I’d try is the key combination CTRL+ALT+UPARROW (Hold down the CTRL key, the ALT key and the UP or DOWN arrow at the same time) some display drivers/chipsets have this “feature” and your fix could be as simple as that.

It also could be a virus. Trojan.Swoop and Joke.Flipped will both cause the issue that you are describing.

Boot to Safe Mode with network support. Load your virus scanner, update the definitions (You’ll need to be connected to the internet to update), and do a full system scan. More than likely your display will show up normally in Safe Mode.

You also may try just changing the resolution that your computer is at. Apparently something as simple as that may invert it back to it’s correct state. To do that:

1. Right click on the desktop
2. Click Properties
3. Click the Settings tab
4. Select a different resolution and click OK

If that works, then you may be able to change right back to the res. you were at previously.

Check your startup with HijackThis and make sure that nothing out of the ordinary is there. If you’re not comfortable with HijackThis then you can use MSConfig to check what’s loading on startup. Anything done in MSConfig can be undone by re-checking the item.

It may also be the Windows Accessibility application that is causing the problem. Accessibility is made for vision-impaired people so it will magnify the screen or whatnot for them. Evidently if the resolution is changed to something that it doesn’t like, it’ll flip the screen (with supported chipsets). There’s a hotfix for this.

About Kevin Souter

Kevin Souter is a full time computer technician and operates a computer repair site, as well as a free spyware removal site. http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com has articles and tutorials on all sorts of computer problems from internet issues to hardware defects, for the novice and the expert.
  • James

    thanks this really helped. i was freaking out.

  • Frogger

    Thank you so much for this info…i thought my daughter had gotten herself into a virus mess.

  • jammers

    THANKS!! My 2nd grade son and his friend were using the computer and bumped the keyboard and freaked out when everything went upside-down. Boy did they think they were in for big trouble!

  • Sarah

    Thanks so much for this. My colleague and i are in the middle of preparinga really important document – and we thought we’d gone mad when this happened.

  • *~Elizabeth~*

    Thank you for this, my son and I thought we had gone insane we tried EVERYTHING, but not THAT and it worked *smile*

  • Rachel

    Thanks soooooo much! Was sure the computer had a big virus. Such a simple solution though!

  • Tina Keppler

    This fix worked great! I don’t know how my boys got this display properties changed…but they did. I am glad that it wasn’t something worse.

  • rachel

    many thanks my grandson was playing on a game and turned everything upside down. i thought it was going to cost a fortune at a computer shop. you have saved me a fortune.

  • steph

    Thank you sooo much!! I thought my daughter had a virus on her computer. This worked right away. :-)

  • Olu

    Another son turning things to 90 degrees angle!What a relief to find I did not have to spend ages trying to figure out the solution to this problem.
    thanks a million

  • Michael

    This is exactly what i was looking for, my wifes cat sat on her laptop keyboard, again, and flipped the screen. I knew it was a shortcut of some kind, and this was what i needed to put it to rights.

  • sweetness

    Thank you very much. I thought my job would kill me if they found out we need to get another computer repaired.


    Big THANKS for the tip! It worked great.

  • Dustin

    Thanks this feature, that I now know of, is cool to show people across from you on your laptop and it’s impressive…well now that I know how to do it on purpose of course!!!

  • bluephlegma

    thanks dude your the man…

  • holly

    thanks so much for this i think you just saved me!
    i was having a mass panic and getting so confused
    thank you

  • john

    Thank you thank you thank you….I just about threw the bloody thing out the window…ctrl alt arrow up indeed!!!!

  • Cynthia

    Thanks for this. When I came home and saw my display was upside down I had absolutely no clue how to fix it, despite looking it up in the Help menu.

    It was my cat who caused the problem, too, I just KNOW it. I think he’s just jealous of all the time I spend looking at my laptop instead of at him. 😉

  • Katherine Reyes

    My son did this exact thing and I have been freaked out. Thanks for this website, you guys are God-sent!

  • David

    I’d never heard of this happening until my mom called me in a panic because she let her great-granddaughter play with the keyboard.

    Thanks for having such a simple solution. She thinks I’m a genius.

  • Clara

    I was playing a game, and all of a sudden the screen just flipped! I thought I was going get an earful from my parents about how “computer games are dangerous” and what not. Thank Heavens for you guys! Now everything’s fixed, and I know what caused the problem. You guys are saints :)

  • seila thomas

    this happened to me in the middle of working on a spreadsheet can u tell me what to do?

  • http://massagetherapybysummer@yahoo.com Summer

    Thank you so much! My kittens sat my laptop and the screen got turned upside down. I played around with it for a while but nothing worked. Got online on my other computer and did a web search. Found your site and its fixed now. Thank you so much!

  • manish

    thanks dude, your tip saved me from reinstalling XP. thanks men.

  • billy1000

    thanks man really helped me out

  • Rosie

    thank you so much.
    huge help my dad would have killed me if he saw what had happened.
    good thing i fixed it before then.
    thank you again

  • Emma

    Thanks for the tip, I am no longer reading what I write upside down. It was most helpful, will be returning to this site again when my computer mucks up….again. Thanks.

  • Shawn

    LMAO! my cat just sat on my laptop and changed mine too! this site saved me! thank you so much!!

  • chowdhury

    Thank you a lot for your important information regarding Display upside down problem.

  • emily

    THANK YOU!!!

  • schneur

    thank you! my son……..

  • sd

    gr8 it solved d problem in a minute…
    yesterday my kid had caused d problem..
    n we were worried…

    thanx sooooooooo much!!

  • Dave

    Hey – thanks for the tip – worked great after my cat sat on the laptop!

    Guess it’ll try turning my phone’s language to Mongolian next!

  • Bob Loessberg

    ctrl-alt-up arrow worked for me

  • strangely meade

    Colleague contacted our IT department and was advised to ground himself before opening the box!! Thought I would check out your site first. Thank deity for you.

  • Brian

    Thanks, that worked so well.

  • Shana

    Thank you soooooooooooo very much

  • elvira

    Thank you so much. I was just about to inflict pain on my husband.

  • Annie

    OMG! It worked and I am thrilled. This morning I was preparing to take this computer to get it repaired. I even called my nephew in North Carolina to help me. He never heard of anything like this. I ran an anti virus scan on my computer but it didn’t find anything. It must have been caused by my three year old twin touching things. Do you think? Well anyway…THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

  • Hans

    Ich meine Tochter spielte auf meinem Computer, wenn das Windows auf den Kopf verändert anzuschauen! Ich sah überall auf der festen und beheben die Anzeige erhalten, so dass es richtig ausgerichtet ist. Danke!

  • Bernie

    Hey thanks so so much. I had 3 kids about to play computer games and the screen turned upside down. But “no body did it”. Thanks so such an easy solution as Ctrl Alt arrow up.

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  • Manchester

    You guys are the bombe. I was cleaning my keyboard (as I regularly do) and when I was finished the display was upside down. The last time this happened I used the “system restore” function, but this time it didn’t work. Cntrl+Alt+UpArrow worked like a charm.

  • http://computerrepairhelp karen

    thank you for the upside down fix

  • Momina

    Its great… it has just worked. thank you

  • Maureen

    Thank you so much!!! This was so helpful!!!

  • Hillary

    Thanks so much– my puppy switched my display upside down & I could not figure out how to fix it!

  • Nurd

    This “feature” should not be turned on by default, it seems to be one of the most frequent cause of problems. People don’t read manuals, so they assume it’s caused by a virus.

    The feature is useful only on laptops, even then only if you’re reading a long document and want to fit an entire PDF page on screen by flipping the screen 90 degrees. Still, the shortcut key combinations should not be on by default.

  • latifeh

    I just want to say thanks for the suggested solution. I typed in google upside down windows computer and the first found item was this page. Thanks a lot

  • http://www.antipolocity.com Ronald

    hey!!!! you’re a GENIUS!
    All this time, i format our PC’s whenever this issue comes up. All along, it only needs some few key strokes … thanks to you …. GOD BLESS!

    I really learned something from this!
    And it’s really precious knowledge …

    Now, I both can have fun and fix our computers whenever this arises. Thanks

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  • Ravi

    Great and simple solution. Thanks a lot.

  • karen

    thank you worked a charm!

  • lulu

    OMG thank you so much. the crtl + alt + uparrow worked wonders! 😀

  • cinthia

    thaaaankk youu oh my i was freaking out thank you

  • tim

    What…a…genius…absolute freak out saved!

  • Vandhu

    Hey! it was very good solution…Thank uuuuuuuu

  • Mithelesh

    Great…….saved me from formatting my PC.Thanks!!

  • Sandy

    Amazing, thank you so much!

  • Roxy

    Thank you thank you thank you….my dog jumped up and landed on my laptop, the screen was upside down for over a week after that. I figured out how to fix it temporarily but as soon as I turned the laptop on again it was back to upside down. Arrgh…you saved the dog from a trip to the pound LOL

  • Elizabeth Yang

    Thanks! this helped me alot!! i was soo afraid that i tarnished my bf’s laptop because of this. thank you! saved my life lol

  • Silvia

    geeeeze! thank you! I was getting a stiff neck trying to read upside-down!!!

  • Mari

    crtl + alt + uparrow worked a charm Thank you, Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you, :)

  • Felicia G

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! My daughter was on my computer, and managed to rotate the display…this totally saved me from a complete melt-down!!! Will definitely recommend this site!!!! :)

  • Jemma

    Again thanks so much for this – typed into google upside down display, this was the first page and fixed the problem! 1yr old was playing on the computer and woop upside down the whole thing went!!

  • sumi

    Wonderful. My toddler was messing around with the computer while I was away and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it. This was the first result I came across online and voila..it worked! Thank you very much.

  • http://webcache Shary

    Big Help! Thanks so much. I would have had to take this to the Geek Squad otherwise.

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    it didnt work for me

  • http://www.gogreenandsavemoney.org kevin

    Ugh. Considering how COMMON it is to pressy ctr-alt-delete and considering how CLOSE the down arrow is to the delete key and the absolute CERTAINTY that people will press this key combination occasionally by accident …

    This may just be the straw that broke the camels back, I’ve had it with microsoft. What a totally stupid thing for them to do, its almost like they’re gloating with glee with everyone who is going to be screwed by this not knowing what to do.

    • http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com Kevin Souter

      The problem with your “I’m angry at Microsoft” argument is that this is not a standard, or indeed even Microsoft related feature – it’s Intel. Some of their graphics chipsets support display rotation, and for whatever reason Intel decided that making a key combo was a good idea.

  • Maria

    Many thanks from me, too!!! Probably caused by the kids playing computer games (they called me at work, “mom, there’s something wrong with the computer!!!”). I fixed it temporarily but after restart it was still upside down. Thought the bl***y games imported a virus or the kids responded to a threat.
    Thanks a lot!!!!

  • johnny

    thxs alot bro help me alot

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    pb solved, thank you

    it worked with satelitte laptop + vista


  • dayneelee

    ctrl alt up arrow worked. thanks for your help. my dog leaned on my laptop and it turned upside down… i’m relieved it’s fixable :)

  • Attar

    Thanks bro 4 the help.

  • Alexandra

    Wow, thanks a kajillion! My screen turned upside down while I was inputting French characters into an email. I was so relieved to find your site and simple solution (Ctrl Alt up arrow) as I’d never seen or heard about this problem before and we have no IT support in the office. Thanks again! :)

  • Afoke

    Thanks alot. It is fixed.

  • Santosh

    This is really helpful information. My nine months old son was banging on my laptop keyboard and suddenly the screen display flicked 180 degrees. I was struggling for more than one hour to fix but could not. This website helped and within few seconds i manage to flip it back.

  • http://ziecrazz.blogspot.com ziecrazz

    Thank you very much!!! that’s really work

  • Valarie

    Here at work , one of the computers display all of the sudden went upside down. I googled this and tried the first suggestion…ctrl, alt arrow up….and it worked!!! Thank you so much, we almost called a technician to come fix the problem. Thank you so very much!!

  • Maha Malik

    Hey this information solved my problem!!!!!!! I’m soo GRAATEFUL for your help…. Thanks alot.

  • Hubert

    Thanks bro ur the man…

  • Chris

    It worked for me – thank you very much

  • Amy

    Oh man, this article was so helpful! It was kind of hard to read it while it was upside-down, but I was so freaking relieved when ctrl + alt + up fixed it. Not sure how I accidentally mashed that combo, but methinks I won’t be doing it again. Thanks!

  • Renee

    Thank you! Thought it was a crazy virus. Control alt and up arrow worked for me!

  • Kevin

    good Help… pets seem to be a repetitive cause here…

    question remains… should we start fearing cats more then bugs

  • Tanja

    Thanks for the help!

  • Ruby

    Thank you it worked :)

  • Shaunie

    Wow!!!! What a life saver. My little 3 year old got to the computer before I could stop him. Thank goodness I found this advice or my goose would have been cooked.

  • Iseult

    thank you so much!

  • suesue

    My kitty decided to enjoy a cat nap on my laptop keyboard and somehow flipped the screen. Thanks for your fix suggestions it worked ctrl alt up saved me $$$ from hauling it in to get the geeks to diagnose the problem =^..^=

  • Job

    I walked into our office this morning only to be shocked at what I saw, my colleague was working with his monitor turned upside down because he couldn’t solve the upside down windows scream so he opted to flip the monitor upside down. Lol

    A simple press of the Ctrl, Alt and up arrow buttons solved the problem right away!

  • Isis

    Thank you for your advice! It worked immediately :-)

  • Nahid

    that was absolutely helpful thank you very much

  • SHelly

    Thank you.. that was awesome… it has been like that for three days now (and yes that is the way I’ve been using it when I really needed it) It was two seconds and fixed after I read what you wrote… once again… THANK YOU!!!

  • cindy

    Thanks — this happened to me at work before and I was on a rush job so I just turned the monitor on its side. Yes, I am blonde. Now I felt like a genius when I was able to fix my husband’s laptop.

  • Kathleen

    Thanks. Fixed it.

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  • lisainlouisiana

    Thank you! Control Alt UpArrow did it… — the screen resolution fix did not work so I was freaking out until I saw your Control Alt Arrow. Bless you!