How to Rotate the Screen in Windows XP

By Ryan Menezes

Windows XP Tablet PC edition can rotate the screen in any of four directions.
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Laptops and external monitors have fixed physical orientations, so you rarely need to rotate their screens. Tablet PCs, however, can work equally well in portrait or landscape mode, so you may frequently switch between screen orientations. For example, you might keep the screen in landscape mode when you need to use the onscreen keyboard, but switch to portrait mode when using the pen to take take notes at a business meeting.

Tap the "Start" button, and then tap "Control Panel" to open the Control Panel.

Tap "Printers and Other Hardware," and then tap "Tablet and Pen Settings."

Tap the "Display" tab in the "Tablet and Pen Settings" dialog box.

Choose a screen orientation from the drop-down menu. If the screen is currently in portrait mode, choose "Primary Landscape" or "Secondary Landscape." If the screen is currently in landscape mode, choose "Primary Portrait" or "Secondary Portrait."

Tap "Apply" to rotate the screen.