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Tech Tip #45: Your Screen Upside Down?

Posted by on August 30, 2011

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: My screen is sideways 90 degrees. How do I fix that?

A: If you ever needed this, you’re going to be blessing me. If you’ve never faced that off-kilter screen, you’re going to wonder why I’d post this tip.

Of course, I’ve faced it–I run a tech lab and there are always those pesky prodigies who want to outsmart me. They know if they push Ctrl+Alt+(down arrow), it’ll turn the screen upside down. The first time it happened, I was at a loss. That’s when a different pesky prodigy told me how to fix it:

Ctrl+Alt+(up arrow)

I use it at least once a month now.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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4 Responses to Tech Tip #45: Your Screen Upside Down?

  1. EdTechSandyK


    I laughed when I saw your Tweet of this blog post. I remember the year several years ago that my school got new computers and this started happening in my labs. I was convinced the new computers were glitchy! It was pretty funny when we figured out what was going on. This is a simple but useful tip to share. Great idea!!!

    Sandy 🙂

    • Jacqui

      When I first came up with this tip, I thought most teachers would not relate to it, but it was a solution you’d never come up with if you were faced with an upside down screen. I’m surprised how many people have run into this problem. Who would think those precocious, growing, curious brains we teach would figure this out so young? I have to say, I learn so much from them every year. And now, I’m back at it. Hope you have a wonderful year.

  2. Jessica Green

    I just experienced this in my classroom today! Thank you so much for the tip! 🙂

  3. Jacqui

    I love hearing that kind of story. I hope you looked brilliant!

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