How to Change the Screen View in a Toshiba Notebook

By Anthony Oster

A locked display can force you to hold your computer at uncomfortable angles.
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There are many reasons why your screen view may change when using a Toshiba notebook. Products such as notebook docks, LCD projectors and even software updates that may provide a vital security patch for your business' computing needs can all alter your current display settings. The display settings on your notebook can be used to return the screen to your preferences.

Power Cycling Your Notebook

Disconnect your notebook from any external display devices, including external monitors or LCD projectors.

Shut down your notebook and remove the battery. Press and hold the "Power" button for 30 seconds with the battery removed.

Insert the battery back into the notebook and press the "Power" button to turn the computer on. If power cycling your notebook does not return the display settings to their defaults, change the display settings in the Control Panel.

Resetting the Display Settings

Click the "Start" button and open the Control Panel. In the Control Panel, click the "Appearance and Professionalization" icon, select "Display." then "Screen Resolution." You can also access the screen resolution menu by right-clicking the background of your desktop and selecting "Screen Resolution" from the menu.

Select an option from the drop-down menu labeled "Orientation." The option labeled "Landscape" is the default orientation. Other orientation options include "Portrait," which turns your screen sideways, "Landscape (flipped)" which turns your screen upside down and "Portrait (flipped)" which turns your screen upside down and sideways.

Click "Apply" to save your settings.

Toshiba Portege and other Tablet Notebooks

Open the Start menu and click "All Programs," then open the "Toshiba" folder. Open the "Tablet PC" folder and select the "Rotation Utility."

Select a display profile for both the PC mode and the Tablet mode. The Toshiba Portege and other tablet PCs by Toshiba can be used as either a tablet or a notebook interchangeably.

Deselect the option that reads "Disable Rotation Utility" and click the "OK" button to save your settings.


The "Escape" button can lock the screen orientation while a Portege or Tablet PC is in tablet mode.