How to flip a laptop screen

Written by bonnie conrad
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How to flip a laptop screen
Changing the user's display is an interesting stunt. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from

If you are looking for an interesting prank to play on a co-worker, colleague or fellow student, you may want to flip their laptop screen upside down. Flipping the screen on a laptop running Windows XP or Windows Vista is surprisingly easy, and chances are the victims of your prank will be left shaking their heads and wondering what to do. Fortunately it is just as simple to flip the display back, so you can ride to the rescue after the joke has run its course.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Log on to the laptop and hold down the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys. Then click on the down arrow.

  2. 2

    Watch the screen as you press the up arrow on the keyboard. You should see the display turn upside down.

  3. 3

    Flip the screen back to right side up by holding the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys down and pressing the up arrow on the keyboard.

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