Most mobile devices like tablets or smartphones have an orientation sensor that signals the OS to rotate itself when the device is rotated.

But having installed Windows 8 on a desktop (or virtual machine), how do I rotate the screen? Obviously, this feature should be present in Windows 8 as it can be run on a tablet.

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    Do you mean something like ctrl + alt + arrow keys or am I totally misunderstanding your question? – Peter Oct 29 '12 at 16:39
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    @Peter That's an Intel feature; it has nothing to do with Windows. It will not work unless you're using Intel integrated video. – SLaks Oct 29 '12 at 16:40
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    You have to turn your monitor...90 degrees at first, then go from there... – TheXed Oct 29 '12 at 16:50
  • "You have to turn your monitor...90 degrees at first, then go from there..." YMMD :-D – Hubert Grzeskowiak Sep 5 '16 at 12:51

Right-click the desktop and click Screen Resolution.
You will then see an Orientation dropdown:

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    @SLaks: nope, there is no such thing: http://imgur.com/MpAuf – Vladimir Sinenko Oct 29 '12 at 16:49
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    @VladimirSinenko Update your graphics drivers. – Elmo Oct 29 '12 at 16:50
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    @VladimirSinenko - Then your video adapter, or the current driver maybe, doesn't support rotation. This is how it's done (and note that this is exactly like it was in 7 and Vista) – Shinrai Oct 29 '12 at 16:50
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    @Joey: Nope, don't think so. Have come across a few Win7 systems at least (don't remember exactly which cards/chipsets though, but they had WHQL-approved drivers from Win Update) that were missing this option as well. – Karan Oct 29 '12 at 17:15
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    @blachniet: That's a feature of Intel's video drivers, not Windows. – SLaks Oct 13 '13 at 0:16

To rotate the display, hold down ctrl+alt and either Up, Down, Left, or Right to orient the screen as each of the four orientations.

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    This only works if your video adapter's driver/utility provides it (most commonly this is provided by Intel's graphics drivers, for Intel's graphics adapters). – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 18 '15 at 14:56

"Orientation" setting is sometimes removed by computer manufacturer through modified drivers. If there is no such setting on your notebook, try installing driver from graphic chip manufacturer (Intel, nVidia or AMD) instead of from your notebook manufacturer.

Eg: HP 250 G2 notebook was missing this setting. After HP-supplied driver was uninstalled and replaced with authentic driver (obtained directly from Intel website), the "Orientation" setting appeared, as on SLak's screenshot.

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