How to Switch to Portrait Orientation in Windows 7

In a traditional setup, your monitor is displayed in the landscape orientation, where the bottom and top edges of the screen are longer than the sides.

But your situation might dictate that a portrait orientation would be better, so you might be wondering if that’s possible.

Fortunately, Windows 7 can be modified to display your screen in the portrait orientation instead by changing a setting on the screen resolution menu.

Our tutorial below will show you where to find this menu and identify the setting that you need to change in order to achieve this result.

How to Change Display Orientation in Windows 7

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Windows 7.

By completing the steps in this guide you will change the orientation of your monitor’s display so that the screen is shown in portrait orientation instead of landscape.

Note that this may affect programs on your computer that are unable to display in portrait orientation, and it can make some text and screen objects very small depending on your system setup.

Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

how to switch to portrait orientation in windows 7

Step 2: Select Control Panel from the column at the right side of the menu.

windows 7 control panel

Step 3: Choose the Adjust screen resolution setting under Appearance and Personalization.

adjust screen resolution menu

Step 4: Click the Orientation dropdown menu, choose the Portrait option, click Apply, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply the change.

switch from landscape to portrait in windows 7

Note that you will have the option of reverting the change for a few seconds if you find that it isn’t what you wanted. Additionally you can always return to this menu and switch back to portrait at any time later if you would like.

Now that you know how to switch to portrait orientation in Windows 7, oyu can use that type of display if you would prefer it to the default landscape option.

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