How do I set/change the default orientation when I flip the lid on my convertible laptop?

Windows 8.1

Asked by: GraniteStateColin

I had done this before under Windows 7 and 8, and it may be the same in Windows 10, but I can't remember or figure it out: I just want to set the default orientation when I flip the lid (converting my laptop to a tablet). Windows always flips it to Portrait Mode, I want it to flip to Secondary Landscape (upside down).

Note that this has nothing to do with "Auto-Rotate" which is all about using the accelerometer to set the screen based on which side is physically facing up. Turning that on and off works fine, but doesn't help with my problem. What I'm talking about is the default screen mode that is set when you rotate the screen on a convertible laptop where the screen flips around and folds down over the keyboard.

If you still don't understand what I'm describing, this problem at least applies to the convertibles with a rotating pivot in the middle of the screen (the kind where the screen rotates and can flip back onto the keyboard so it becomes a tablet). Imagine that system is in laptop mode sitting on a desk. Now, without picking it up, simply rotate the screen and close the lid, so it is now in tablet mode. By default, this changes the screen orientation from Primary Landscape to Primary Portrait. Because Windows squashes all open Windows to fit in the narrower screen width in portrait mode and never restores them to their proper size when going back to Landscape, I almost never want to to use Portrait. So I want to change it so that the default orientation change is to Secondary Landscape (flipping the screen upside down, which would be facing me still since the screen itself flips when you rotate it to turn it into a tablet).

Because I can't find anything on the Internet about this, I can only assume that my goal is unusual, which just seems crazy to me. I can't believe that I'm the only person who cares what their convertible laptop does when rotating the screen. Any help would be hugely appreciated. This is driving me crazy.

Answered by:

Hi Colin,

Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community. I understand your concern and I am glad to assist you.

Sorry for the inconvenience caused. Appreciate you for providing us the detailed information on the issue.

Right-click on the desktop screen anywhere and click on “Display settings” for direct path access to the display configuration settings under the “Settings” app.

Under Display section, look for “Orientation”. In “Orientation” section, click below the drop down menu to choose any one of the following options.

1. landscape

2. portrait

3. landscape (flipped)

4. Portrait (flipped)

Check if it helps.

Get back to us for any further queries. We are happy to help!

Thanks & Regards
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