How to Rotate Screen on Chromebook

Written by Ivana Kotorchevikj Gadgets / Chromebook

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Chromebooks are great for their portability and simplicity, but sometimes you need a little more screen real estate. That's where rotating your screen comes in handy. Whether you want to show something off to a friend or just make better use of your Chromebook's display, here's how to rotate your screen on a Chromebook.

How to flip your screen on Chromebook

There are two easy ways you can rotate or flip the screen on your Chrome OS laptop:

  1. Using the keyboard shortcuts, which is an on-the-fly and quick method, and
  2. By changing the screen orientation in your Chromebook Settings.

Below, we’ll present both ways.

How to rotate screen on Chromebook using the keyboard shortcuts

The easier way to rotate the screen on Chromebook is to press CTRL + Shift and the Refresh key on your keyboard. Each time you press the keys, the screen will rotate 90 degrees clockwise.

Note: If you don’t know what the Refresh key looks like, it’s the key that looks like a circle with an arrow on it, located just above the numbers 3 and 4 on your keyboard.

The first time you press that key combination, you'll see a popup asking you if you want to rotate your screen. Click on ‘Continue’.

How to rotate screen on Chromebook in the system

Another way you can flip your screen on Chromebook is in the system settings.

If you want to have more control over rotating your Chromebook screen and if you prefer to set a single rotation to use all the time, you can do it in the Settings menu.

  1. Click on the clock in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Click on ‘Settings’ (the gear icon).
  3. Select ‘Device’ from the left-side menu.
  4. Click on ‘Displays’.
  5. Click on the drop-down box next to ‘Orientation’ and select your preferred orientation.

If your Chromebook is a 2-in-1, and your screen is turned all the way around in a tablet position, the Orientation drop-down box will be dimmed.

To be able to select an orientation, flip back the screen into laptop mode. This happens because Chromebooks in tablet mode override the orientation in Display settings.

How to rotate a second screen on Chromebook

These methods of rotating your screen also work if you have a second screen.

The rotation orientation is controlled by the location of the cursor, so to rotate your second screen, just move your cursor to it

Also, each display has its own tab when you go to Settings > Devices > Displays. Click on either tab to set the orientation of each screen.

Note: Screen orientations don’t have to be set the same on different screens.

✔ Also, check out how to invert colors on Chromebook.

Additional screen rotation notes

These are a few things to have in mind when rotating your screen on Chromebook:

  1. After changing your screen's orientation, the system remembers the setting even after you restart it. To override the orientation setting, flip the Chromebook into tablet mode if you have a 2-in-1.
  2. When you change the orientation, the directions on the trackpad change as well as the orientation. For example, after you rotate the screen 90 degrees, when you move your finger up on the trackpad, the cursor will go toward the top of the screen which means it will move from left to right. This can be a bit confusing to navigate. This is why it’s easier to have a Chromebook with a touchscreen if you want to slip the screen.

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