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How to Disable Screen Auto-Rotation in Windows 8.X

Windows 8 is strongly aimed at tablets and touch enabled devices, most of which will allow their use in both landscape and portrait orientations. Depending on your personal preference, you might want to disable this auto-rotating behavior, but had a hard time finding a way to do it. Well you are in luck today and here is how you can do it.

Note: While testing out many different hardware devices, I noticed that the setting to disable screen rotation wasn’t always available, so I have also included a way to disable it in the registry.

Disable it Using the GUI

Right click on the Desktop and select the Screen resolution option from the menu.

In the Control Panel, uncheck the Allow the screen to auto-rotate checkbox.


Then click OK.

Disable Using the Tablet Button (if available)

Some tablets have a button that allows you to quickly disable the auto-rotate function. You’ll need to check your manual to see if one of the buttons is meant for that function.

Disable it Using the Registry

Also, you can disable this feature using the registry. To do so, press the Win + R keyboard combination to open a run box, then type regedit and hit enter.

When the Registry Editor opens, then navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation

On the right hand side you will see a value called Enable, right click on it and select modify from the context menu.

If your device currently has rotation enabled it will be set to 1. To disable it, change it to then click OK.

Now you can watch Netflix movies and not worry about your screen flipping all other the place.

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