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Perhaps, instead of the "CTRL" modifier, on one of your multiple depressions you accidentally hit the blue "Fn" modifier and another key. Those keys normall support proprietary hardware functions (i.e. CD ejection, wi-fi toggle, CRT/LCD output etc.)
Just a thought...
To follow up:
On my Inspiron 8600, the "Fn" modifier + "up" or "down" arrow modifies the brightness of my LCD screen. Perhaps in your line of Inspirons the function to toggle the orientation is dangerously close by.
That was the first thing I tried. Nope.
Same thing has happened to me. But I did it on the mouse mat somehow and can't undo it. Please let me know if you fix it as I'm stuffed.
Ctrl-Alt-Direction will orient your screen so that the top is at the direction you pressed. For example, Ctrl-Alt-Right will make the top of the screen on the right side of the monitor.
Thank goodness you guys posted the answer to the screen orientation. I was cleaning my keyboard on my dell d505 and then the screen went sideways....I spent ages until I found this. Thanks
PS: Now I know the answer, it would be a great thing to do to fool someone too...but of course I would never do that...lol
Thanks so much for posting this. My house pet somehow managed to toggle my screen by sleeping on my keyboard. You are a life saver.
fantastic, my litte boy did this and i couldn't find the answer until this!!
Thanks from me as well. I have a kitty with typist ambitions and I could not find out how to remedy this.
Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!! This worked right away. :)
Thank you SOOOO Much I got a neck cramp trying to figure out how my 3yr. old did this!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!! You saved my life, my neck, and my laptop!!! FAAAAHHHHHHHH!
Still another great thanks. was cleaning keyboard
Thank you so much!!! My kittens like to walk all over my laptop and did this, I have been looking sideways for a week now!
Thanks Guys, I started headache looking sideway....at last your advice make this look correct....:) Cheers
Thanks. My 18 month old son fell onto the keyboard of the laptop and I spent ages trying to find an answer
Thanks Patrick,I didn't have a clue what to try!
Thank you soooo much! My cat decided to walk across my labtop and the screen rotated. No one could figure it out. Weirdly, I am glad it has happened to other people.
Help. I am not able to get desktop to do anything but show background options. when I hit shift-F10 it says "what's this". What am I doing wrong? BTW - it was Karma the cat that did the computer in!
Someone leaned on my computer and voila - crazy orientation. Thank goodness your post was out there to make it an easy fix.
It truly is amazing that all of our "talented" cats are such good typists!!!
I at my thanks to whoever posted this first.
Thank you!! My 3 year old daughter accidentally changed the rotation but you saved me.
Thank you! I gave up after an hour online with Dell support who did not have a clue! You're directions were easy to follow and, best of all, readily fixed the problem. You are a genius!
thank you Patric.it worked...
I can't thank you enough for posting this answer - my wife of 40 years somehow turned her screen and insisted she didn't do it. 41 years is still a possibility.
Does anybody know if it's possible to disable this 'feature' on a Dell laptop?
To me it just seems totally unnecessary to have this kind of short cut.
There can't be more than one person in a million who would find this useful, but apparently there are a lot of people who find it incredibly annoying.
Thanks. I couldn't find how to do this anywhere. I don't even know how it got sideways but I was going nuts trying to figure this out.lol
thank you - was cleaning the keyboard, and somehow did this by rubbing my mouse touchpad 'the wrong way' :D
I am still looking to get into my history,can someone tell me .
Just press CTRL/ALT/Up-Arrow
a) It was the wife
b) She was cleaning the keyboard
Thankyou for the post. You Rock!
Alt + cntrl + arrow keys apparently do nothing on dell inspiron laptops for all you know it alls. I had to use the original posters stated method(shift+f10). I doubt he monitors this thread anymore since it was created in 2006, but thank you.
make sure you sign in before you it the alt+ctrl arrows!!!
control alt and up does work@@@@
Kids were playing around and changed the display sideways. Googled - and here the answer is Yea! Ctrl Alt up arrow tada!
Do you know how to make the screen orientation automatically change when it's in tablet mode?