Windows Vista and 7
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Down at the same time. If monitor rotation is enabled on your PC, pressing Ctrl, Alt, and any of the arrow keys should automatically flip your screen.
- Push the key that points in the direction that you want the top of the screen to point. This means that pushing Ctrl+Alt+Up will return the screen to normal.
- Right-click your computer’s desktop and select Graphics Properties.
- Click on the Display Settings menu.
- Look for the Rotation section and make sure Enable Rotation is checked (if applicable). Note that this might not be listed as one of your graphics options.
- Select 180 degrees and press Apply to test your changes. Note that this might also appear as Flipped Landscape or the equivalent.
- Confirm or cancel the settings (or wait for them to time-out). Press OK to accept, Cancel to reject, or, if you’re having trouble navigating the new screen, allow it to revert to its upright position within 15 seconds.
- Note that, with rotation enabled, you should now be able to use the Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow shortcut to flip the screen vertically.
Right-click a blank space on your desktop and select Screen resolution.
Under Orientation, select Landscape (Flipped).
To undo this, repeat steps but select Landscape instead.
Launch System Preferences.
Hold down Command+Option and click on the Display icon.
- Note that the Option key is sometimes marked as Alt on Macs outside the US.
Look for the Rotation drop-down menu and apply the desired settings.
Confirm or cancel the settings (or wait for them to time-out). Press Confirm to accept, Reject to cancel, or, if you’re having trouble navigating the new screen, allow it to revert to its upright position within 15 seconds.
Upside-Down Desktop Prank
Make a screenshot. Press Print Screen on Windows. On a Mac press Shift+Command+3.
Go to Paint in Windows. Go to Preview on a Mac.
Press Ctrl+V (Command+V on Mac) to paste.
Rotate the image upside-down. In Paint, for example, you would go to Image > Flip/Rotate, Flip Vertical.
Save the image and set it as a desktop background. In Windows, for example, you would go to your desktop, right-click a blank space, choose Personalize, select Wallpaper, select the directory of the upside-down screenshot, and press OK.
Hide or move the desktop icons. You might, for example, cut and paste the icons into a safe folder somewhere that you can easily retrieve them later. In Windows, you can also right-click a blank space on your desktop, go to either View or Arrange Icons, and un-select “Show Desktop Icons”.
Hide the task bar. In Windows, right-click your task bar, choose Properties, choose the Task bar tab, and check Auto-Hide the Task bar.