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How to Rotate Computer Screen in Windows (3 Easy Steps)

Many a times you need to rotate your computer screen to a different angle for better viewing or for mounting monitors in hard-to-reach places. You can rotate your computer display to 90 degree or 180 degree angle based on your convenience. This doesn’t affect your computer’s performance and can be helpful while reading documents or eBooks.

Below mentioned are different ways through which you can rotate your computer screen in Windows:

FOLLOWING ON-SCREEN INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Right-click the desktop and select “Screen Resolution” or “Display Settings”. The option you will see depends on which version of Windows you are using. All of these will take you to a common window for Display/Screen settings.

Rotate Screen

STEP 2: Find the “Orientation” menu on the screen. Most versions of Microsoft Windows allow you to rotate the screen using this menu. By default, it would be adjusted to “Landscape” viewing.

Rotate Screen 2

STEP 3: Choose your preferred screen orientation from the drop-down menu. There will be four options to choose from:

Landscape: This is the default option for standard monitors.

Portrait: This will flip the screen to 90 degree to the right.

Landscape (Flipped): This will flip your computer display upside down.

Portrait (Flipped): This will rotate the screen 90 degree the opposite.

Rotate Screen

THROUGH SHORTCUT KEYS:

If you’re using Windows 7 or upper versions of Windows, you can easily rotate your screen to 90 degree, 180 degree and 270 degree using the below mentioned shortcut keys:

Ctrl + Alt + ↓ – Flip the screen upside down.

Ctrl + Alt + → – Rotate the screen 90 degree to the right.

Ctrl + Alt + ← – Rotate the screen 90 degree to the left.

Ctrl + Alt + ↑ – Return the screen to the standard landscape orientation.

Rotate Screen

There are also cases when computer manufacturers disable screen rotation option. In that case, you need to ensure that all display drivers are installed properly or may have to contact to the hardware manufacturer.

Let us know if you have any further queries and we would be happy to get in touch with you. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

How to Delete your Internet Browsing History

Why would anybody want to delete his/her Internet browsing history? Because it is not a very good idea to let other people know about what you have been searching, browsing or what personal information you were entering on third-party sites. Autofill form is the latest in the string of information that is stored by your browser with or without your permission. Just place the cursor in the search box and you may probably see the last 5 entries you have made earlier.

Ensuring your browser history is empty and there’s nothing that gets stored is all more important when you’re using a public computer for booking tickets, placing an online order or doing any other activity. To avoid an awkward situation or potentially unsafe data threats, make it a point to periodically delete history on your personal devices and laptops. If you are using a public computer, do it immediately after you are done browsing. Here’s how it should be done:

How to Delete History on Google Chrome?

1. Deleting history on Google Chrome is very easy. Click on the three horizontal bars on the top-right corner of the browser, go to History, select the pages you want to delete, and click on Clear History button. Alternatively, you can delete the entire browsing history in one click by selecting the option ‘Clear Browsing History’ and select the period.

Chrome History

2. To delete other information such as cookies, auto fill forms, passwords, etc., go to Settings and click on Advanced Settings on the bottom of the page. Click on Privacy Settings, and select the data from the checklist that you want to delete.

Google Chrome History

3. The best option while using a public computer is to use the browser in Incognito Mode. In this mode, no session data or information is stored in the browser memory.

How to Delete History on Mozilla Firefox?

1. On the top panel of the browser, click on the Menu button and go to the option ‘Clear Recent History.’ If you want to select particular URL links to delete or delete links from a particular time period, click on time range drop-down menu and select the time period. The options are: Last Hour, Last Two Hours, Today, Last Week and Everything.

Firefox history

2. Alternatively, you can go to Options, click on Privacy Panel and select “Firefox will never remember history.” You can even customize it by selecting “Firefox will use custom settings for history,” and select what all information to remember from among the checklist. Some users also keep the setting to “Clear history when Firefox closes.” This ensures that you don’t have to delete history manually on a public computer after your work is over. The moment you close the browser, the session history expires.

Firefox History

3. You can also browse in the Private Mode by selecting a Private Window from the Menu. This ensures that the browser does not store any information for that particular session.

How to Delete History on Internet Explorer?

Though there are many versions of Internet Explorer available, more or less the procedure to delete Internet browsing history remains the same. Go to Tools on the Menu Panel, click on Internet Options from the drop-down menu under Tools. On the General tab there, go to the Browsing History section and click the delete button. You can also select the categories of data you want to delete by checking the boxes.

Similar to laptop, you can also delete browsing history on your mobile devices from the phone settings or separate app settings.

In case you still have any queries, please share with us in the comment section below.

How to Connect a Laptop or PC to TV

Laptop users are often frustrated with their devices’ limited screen size. Not only a small screen size is strenuous for the eyes, it also makes for a sub-par experience when it comes to watching videos and playing games.

In order to avoid such situations, many people have turned to pairing their laptops and TVs for a much smoother experience, especially when it comes to watching multimedia content. If you’re too struggling with a similar challenge or if this is your first time, worry not, you can easily connect your laptop or pc with your LCD or LED TVs in few simple steps as mentioned below:

WIRED CONNECTIONS

Through HDMI Port:

Most modern laptops and TVs can be quite easily connected thanks to a common port known as HDMI (Hi-Def Multimedia Interface). In fact, the required HDMI cable is provided along with the devices and they can be connected following simple steps:

  1. Simply plug one end of the cable to the HDMI port of your laptop (refer to laptop manual for details) and the other end to the TV’s HDMI port. The HDMI cable handles both audio and video simultaneously, thus making it the simplest way of connecting the two devices.
  2. You may need to tune into the HDMI channel on your TV (refer to TV manual for details), and your laptop/PC should automatically detect the correct settings and make the necessary changes.

In any case, if the settings are not automatically adjusted, head over to the Control Panel and follow this step:

Control Panel > Display > Adjust Resolutions > From the Display drop down box, select TV

HDMI

Through VGA Port:

For connections where one or both devices lack HDMI ports due to being older models, the VGA port can be used. VGA ports can be connected just like HDMI ports. However, they only handle video input/output. So you would also need an audio lead (generally 3.5 mm) that has to be inserted in the audio out port of your laptop and the audio in port of your TV.

VGA

Through USB:

USB connections are also possible, but are a little bit tricky and quite uncommon these days. For this, a USB to HDMI adapter is required, which basically turns the laptop’s USB port into an HDMI out. The adapter must be compatible with the laptop and you may need to manipulate the display settings via software on your laptop.

WIRELESS CONNECTIONS

Wireless connections are uncommon when it comes to TV and laptop pairings. However, they definitely are possible! Intel’s WiDi wireless system is built into some of the latest laptops, and it can be used to connect with the TV. However, a compatible receiver is required.

Expensive propositions include wireless systems that separately, but simultaneously, are plugged into the laptop’s USB port and TV’s HDMI port, thereby connecting the two devices.

 WIRED OR WIRELESS CONNECTIONS?

While wireless options have been developed to view and experience laptop content on TV, the wired options are definitely much better as far as signal quality is concerned. Wireless connections are known to hit video quality drastically, but connections using wires can be trusted to experience the best output.

Still in doubt? Share with us your queries, comments or feedback in the comment section below.

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