How to Turn Off Screen Auto Rotation in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to turn screen rotation on or off lock in Windows 11. If your device is a convertible PC or tablet, Windows will automatically rotate the screen when its physical orientation changes, similar to your smartphone.

Windows also allows you to lock your screen rotation in place so that it doesn’t automatically rotate as well. If you have a table PC and Rotation is locked, you can use the steps below to unlock it so that Windows automatically rotate the screen.

This feature is only available on devices with a built-in accelerometer. Windows uses this hardware component to determine the screen’s current physical orientation.

Below we’ll show you how to turn it on, lock the Rotation in place or turn it off so that the screen can rotate automatically when its current physical position is changed.

Follow the steps below to start turning on or off the rotation lock in Windows 11.

How to turn on the screen rotation lock in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows automatically rotates the screen on convertible PC or tablet devices, similar to a mobile phone.

If you don’t want Windows to rotate automatically, lock screen rotation in place. The steps below show you how.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings, as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, then select the Display tile on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

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On the Display settings pane, under Scale & layout, locate the Rotation lock tile, then toggle the button to the On position to lock Rotation in place. When enabled or turned On, the screen will not rotate with a physical orientation change.

If the device is in laptop mode, the Rotation lock tile and the Rotation lock toggle in the Settings app may appear grayed out. If your device has a removable screen, the rotation lock will be grayed out while the screen is connected to the keyboard.

When the device is back in tablet mode, you may be able to change the rotation settings, as shown above.

How to disable Rotation lock in Windows 11

If you change your mind about locking the screen rotation automatically, you can simply this it so your screen can rotate again.

To do that, reverse the steps above by going to the Start menu ==> Windows Settings ==> Display and toggle the Rotation lock button to the Off position.

The Rotation lock settings can also quickly be accessed from the Quick Settings on the taskbar, as shown below.

Or use the keyboard shortcuts below to turn the Rotation lock on or off quickly.

Press the Windows key + O to toggle the Rotation lock On or Off (default).

That should do it!


This post showed you how to turn the Rotation on or off lock in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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