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Control Screen Rotation

20 Windows 7 Tips and Tricks for Tablets

Some tablets rotate the screen automatically as you turn them from landscape to portrait and back (or if you have a tablet PC with a keyboard like the Dell Inspiron Duo, when you slide the keyboard out or put it away). This can get a bit disconcerting if you’re handing someone your tablet to show them a Web page or just getting comfortable on your couch, so slates like the EXO PC tend not to use their accelerometer for automatic screen rotation. Some tablets have a physical button on the side to rotate the screen when you want to, or to lock it when you don’t. But whatever the tablet maker has decided to do, you can always rotate the screen yourself.

The Orientation dropdown in the Screen Resolution control panel lets you pick Landscape, Portrait and the reversed versions of each (if you find the screen more comfortable to hold the other way around, but it’s not very convenient to open all the time. Pin the Windows Mobility Center to the taskbar and you can rotate the screen from there (and control Wi-Fi, power options and more).

The Mobility Center has finger-friendly controls for options including rotate.

If you use a physical rotate button, you can choose which order to change screen layout.

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