Basically, there’s nothing difficult on the Chrome OS, so each person who has ever used macOS or Windows in the past, won’t have any problems in usage, but if we talk about screen orientation, Chromebooks work very similarly to how Android devices work.
Many users are looking for a simple way to rotate the screen on your Chrome OS, or they may accidentally click some random keys and this caused your screen to swing out of order.
The information below will explain two different solutions that may be used to rotate the screen.
- The orientation of your Chrome OS screen can be changed by using the built-in shortcut.
- The orientation of your Chrome OS screen can be changed from the Settings menu.
Keep in mind that when you change the orientation of your Chromebook, the trackpad will follow the orientation of the screen.
How to Rotate Chromebook Screen using Shortcut
In order to rotate the Chromebook screen, you may press the Ctrl + Shift + Refresh (F3) in order to do the shortcut as it would be the simplest way.
Upon pressing these buttons at the same time, you will be prompted by a pop-up. When you will tap on Continue, you will see that the screen has rotated 90 degrees. You will only see this prompt the first time you attempt to rotate your screen using this shortcut.
You should be aware of the drawback of this method. The screen will be only clockwise by 90 degrees. If you’re looking to finetune the orientation of your screen on Chromebook, move down to the next potential fix below.
If you use this shortcut, the custom screen orientation will be preserved even after you restart your Chromebook device (until you press the key combination again). To prevent this, you may use a 2-in-1 device that has Auto-Rotation enabled.
Keep in mind that in case the Function key feature is disabled on your Chrome OS settings you won’t be able to use this shortcut. If you want to solve this issue, you should follow some steps which would be mentioned below:
- First of all, you should tap on the System Clock which you may find in the bottom-right corner, then you should tap on the gear icon from the pop-up menu that would be displayed.
- After you have entered the settings menu, you should press on Device from the tab on the left.
- Then, you should head to the right-hand side tab in order to find and click on the Keyboard.
- There will be a range of options under Keyboard, there you should switch on the Treat top-row keys as function keys.
How to rotate screen from Chromebook’s Settings
This method will also give you an opportunity to rotate the screen of your Chrome OS. By using the Chromebook Settings menu, you can jump the screen orientation by 270 degrees without doing some special efforts.
To rotate your screen from Chromebook’Settings, you should follow the steps below:
- Fisrt of all, you should head to the desktop screen of your Chromebook device, and then tap on the clock which you can find in the bottom-right corner.
- Then, you should access the Settings menu. To do that, you should tap on the gear icon which will be displayed on the pop-up window.
- After you have accessed the Settings screen, you should click on the Device from the vertical tab on the left, then you should find and tap on Display from the list of available options.
- Inside the Display cluster of options, use the drop-down menu associated with Orientation (under Built-in Display) to adjust the screen orientation according to your preferences.
The screen rotation can be chosen manually: (0°), 90°, 180°, and 270°, but keep in mind that this menu will be inaccessible if you’re using a 2-in-1 Chromebook in Tablet Mode. In this case, you can make the menu accessible by disabling Auto-Rotation from the Chrome OS pop-up menu.