System Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock in Windows 11

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A tablet and some hybrid laptop (ex: 2-in-1) devices are designed to rotate the built-in display automatically in a portrait or landscape orientation as you turn it so that what you see on the screen is always right side up.

If you like, you can turn on or off rotation lock in Windows 11 to allow (off) or prevent (on) the auto-rotation of your screen as needed.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off screen rotation lock in Windows 11.


Display orientation settings will be disabled and grayed out when Rotate lock is turned off.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock in Quick Settings
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock in Settings
  • Option Four: Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock using REG file





OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Win + O keys to toggle Rotation Lock on or off (default).





OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock in Quick Settings


1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A).

2 Click/tap on the Rotation lock button to toggle it on or off (default). (see screenshots below)

If the Rotate lock setting is grayed out, then often you can just rotate your display to be able to turn on or off.

If you have a convertible (aka: 2-in-1) PC with a 360-degree hinge, rotation lock will be grayed out when it is in normal laptop mode.

If you have a device (ex: Surface) with a removable keyboard, rotation lock will be grayed out while the screen is connected to the keyboard. This is because, in standard laptop mode, the screen will never automatically rotate.


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OPTION THREE

Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Rotation_lock_Settings-1.png

3 Turn On or Off (default) Rotation lock for what you want under the Scale & layout section. (see screenshots below)

If the Rotate lock setting is grayed out, then often you can just rotate your display to be able to turn on or off.

If you have a convertible (aka: 2-in-1) PC with a 360-degree hinge, rotation lock will be grayed out when it is in normal laptop mode.

If you have a device (ex: Surface) with a removable keyboard, rotation lock will be grayed out while the screen is connected to the keyboard. This is because, in standard laptop mode, the screen will never automatically rotate.


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OPTION FOUR

Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


2 Turn On Screen Rotation Lock

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_screen_rotation_lock.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation]
"Enable"=dword:00000000


3 Turn Off Screen Rotation Lock

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_screen_rotation_lock.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation]
"Enable"=dword:00000001

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either sign out and sign it or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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