I just got a second widescreen monitor at work, and I'm planning on setting them up so that I can have Eclipse open on one and Firefox in the other. I

want the Eclipse display to be "normal" screen so I have space for the package explorer and whatnot, but the Firefox display to be rotated 90 degrees for better viewing of list-based web pages (e.g. Stack Overflow, Super User). What's a good way to do this?

Monitor: HP L2245wg (both)
Graphics card: Nvidia Quadro NVS 285

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    You should be able to do this in the Nvidia or ATI Control Panel.
    – Ben S
    Oct 9, 2009 at 15:55

8 Answers 8


On Windows 10, with Intel graphics:

Method 1:

  1. Right click on the desktop and select 'Display Settings' (or get here from any of the other many ways possible).

  2. Click on 'Advanced display settings' at the bottom.

  3. Click on 'Display adapter properties' at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Click on the 'Intel (r) HD Graphics Control Panel' tab.

  5. Select the display for which you need to change the rotation.

  6. On the 'Rotation' setting, click on the desired rotation option and click ok.

Method 1

Method 2: (which I just found right after I used Method 1)

  1. Right click on the desktop and select the 'Graphics Options' menu.

  2. Select the 'Rotation' sub menu.

  3. Select the display for which you need rotation to be set in the next sub menu.

  4. Select the rotation option from the final sub menu.

Method 2

Method 3:

CTRL+ALT+[Arrow Key] works in this scenario as well. Note that this rotates the monitor on which the mouse pointer is on.


You can do this on Windows 10 within Display Settings.

Step 1

Right-click on desktop --> Display settings.

Step 1

Step 2

Select i.e. Left-click on the monitor you want to rotate.

Step 2

Step 3

From the Orientation drop-down box, select portrait.

Step 3


The free product iRotate handles multiple monitors:

iRotate provides convenient access to the native rotation capabilities present in contemporary display drivers, via a popup menu accessible from the system tray and optional system-wide hotkeys. It's no longer necessary to resort to bloated Windows hacks, additional software layers or phantom drivers to achieve content rotation. In most instances, support is now available directly from the graphics chip manufacturers, who continuously improve and apply quality assurance to their drivers.

By leveraging the native rotation capabilities now provided by ATI, nVidia, Intel, Matrox, S3, XGI and others, iRotate offers exceptional speed and efficiency, with minimal impact on scarce system resources - the entire iRotate package, including installation, documentation, and native language support in all the major European and Asian languages, weighs in at only 125kb. And like all EnTech graphics utilities, iRotate supports multiple graphics cards from various vendors, simultaneously, under every multi-monitor enabled operating system from Windows 98 to Vista.

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  • Seems like a decent utility, but I'm not a big fan of installing extra widgets, and in my case it's not an option anyways.
    – Pops
    Oct 10, 2009 at 1:22
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    I love that you have graphics cards from all the major vendors installed at once.
    – Joel B
    May 13, 2013 at 17:02

This is the solution I ended up using. It's probably specific to my graphics card, but it's probably at least similar to other cards' methods.

-Go to the regular display settings window (open a context menu from the desktop and select Properties)
-Go to the settings tab and click on the monitor to rotate
-Click Advanced
-Select the graphics card's tab -- in my case, the Quadro tab -- and choose the rotation menu item -- in my case, "NVRotate" from the popout menu
-Select the radio button for the desired orientation and click Apply

  1. /open/ Control Panel
  2. /click/ Appearance and Personalization
  3. /click/ adjust Screen Resolutions
  4. /change setting/ display: (name first monitor) --> (name second screen)
  5. /change setting/ orientation: (Landscape) --> (Portrait)

@thiliana R’s answer is great. Thanks a lot.

His answer was for Windows 10. I built on his answer and show the difference for Windows 7 here.

Method 1

  1. Right click on your desktop, and click on Screen Resolution:

  2. Choose Advanced Settings

  3. Click on `Intel HD Graphics Control Pane

  4. Under Display: select ‘Digital Display`

  5. Under Rotation: select ‘Rotate to 90 degrees`

Method 1

Method 2: 1. Right click on your desktop, and select Graphics Options

  1. Select Rotation from the popup window

  2. Select Digital Display

  3. Select Rotate to 90 degrees

Method 2

I couldn’t get the Cntrl+Alt +Arrow to work on my Windows 7 machine.


This stuff's in your drivers, assuming you run windows, so simply install them. You may have to go through the card's control thingy (As in, Catalyst for ATI, or the nVidia control panel) instead of the windows dialogue, I did.


Follow thilina's advice until you get to the monitor page. Click "Graphics Properties", the button with the Intel blue chip on the left side. Go to the rotation area. Make sure you are on your 2nd monitor on the dropdown menu. Rotate it. Boom. Done.

  • Are you sure Boom is the desired result? Nov 20, 2018 at 15:55

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