Subscriber Dorothy wrote recently to ask for help for a friend’s computer system — the monitor’s display had rotated sideways:
Enjoy reading your newsletter…now have a question for you.
Have you ever heard of the screen on a laptop monitor turning sideways? I know the toolbar can be moved, but this is the entire page of the monitor that has turned the sides to the top and bottom and the top and bottom are now the left and right. My friend doesn’t know how it happened. Any ideas?
Thank you for anything you can do.
This isn’t abnormal, except that not all video cards can do this. The capability was intentionally built into the graphics/video card that is in the computer.
The video card’s controls (probably in the Windows’ Notification Area on the main Windows task bar) should enable the rotation to be turned off. You may also be able to find the appropriate video card control by right-clicking on the Desktop and picking an option from the pop-up Context menu. In the Control Panel, the display settings may be the right place.
Basically, the video card manufacturer programs where their controls can be found.
The purpose was to allow adjust the display if the monitor was physically rotated 90 degrees. The video card rotation function, then, would enable the new "portrait" mode monitor to display the document in the normal manner.
Why would you want to do this?
It can let you see, and work with, the whole page of the document at one time.
That’s a big help if you’re trying to lay out the page for something to be printed, whether it’s a school calendar, a newsletter, or a if you’re writing a letter, preparing a pamphlet, or even letters or cards.
At one time, there were a very few monitors that could rotate, and they were very expensive. Now, the stands of some LCD/LED monitors will allow the monitor to be rotated.
Most other LCD & LED monitors can be rotated by replacing their stand with an after-market model like the 3M MS110MB Easy-Adjust LCD Monitor Stand that I use.
The aftermarket brackets make use of the standard screw holes that most monitors have for wall mounting.