How to Setup a Vertical Monitor?

 Not all monitors can be rotated to 90 degrees, and your monitor mount method should also support a vertical setup. When purchasing a monitor, you need to read its Swivel properties. If it is a self-mounted monitor, the stand should have a swivel. If you use a wall-mounted or table-mounted monitor, the monitor arm should be swivel-friendly. Also, it should be tiltable to adjust the tilt angle according to your convenience when you change the orientation. The VESA compatible monitors are good to choose as vertical monitors.

Setting up a vertical monitor involves setup on hardware and software levels. Let’s first learn how to change the screen orientation settings depending on the Operating System:

How to set up a vertical monitor on Windows?

Windows is the most widely used operating system for Laptops and Desktops. Let’s learn how to change the screen orientation from the default landscape to portrait mode to view it on a Vertical monitor:

If you are using a single monitor and want to switch to portrait mode, please follow the following steps:

  1. Right Click on your Windows Home Screen
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  2. Go to Display Settings
  3. Scroll Down to find ‘Display orientation’ Settings
  4. Click on Dropdown and select Portrait

    Note: The flipped mode will show you the 180 degrees rotating display, i.e., inverted display (upside down). 
  5. A blue bar will pop asking you to confirm if you want to make the changes.
    Click on the ‘Keep Changes’ button for confirmation. 
  6. Your display will start showing in Portrait mode.
  7. Rotate your monitor to 90 degrees and start using it in vertical mode.
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Keyboard shortcuts to rotate screen:

You can use easy keyboard shortcuts to rotate the screen to Vertical mode easily if you are using Windows 7,8, or 10. Click the Ctrl+Alt key together, and then click on the arrow in the direction you want it to be rotated in 90-degrees. 

How to set up an External Monitor in a vertical orientation to be used as an extended display and a duplicate display?

An external monitor can be used to duplicate the current display as it is in vertical mode. You can set up all the connected monitors in an extended set up in a vertical orientation. Your display will be broken down amongst the various connected monitors to give you a larger view in a complete setup. Depending on the graphics card compatibility, some computers support only two monitors in extended mode while others support more than two monitors. 

If you are using an additional external monitor and want to switch the external monitor to portrait mode, please follow the following steps:

  1. Connect the external monitor to your CPU or LaptopStep-1
  2. Right Click on your Windows Home Screen
  3. Go to Display Settings
  4. Select the display you want to change to vertical mode. The display settings will show you the monitors numbered (1,2). You can click on the display numbers and click on identify to ensure that you are selecting the correct display. 
  5. Scroll Down to find Orientation Settings 
  6. Click on Dropdown and select Portrait for the selected display. 
  7. Scroll down to the Multiple Displays setting and select whether you want to
    1. Duplicate the Display
    2. Extend the display
    3. Show only on 1
    4. Show only on 2



How to set up a vertical monitor on Mac iOS (Laptop or Desktop)?

If you are using an Apple laptop or computer and want to switch to portrait mode, please follow the following steps:

  1. Click on Apple Icon and Go to System Preferences
  2. Select the display you want to switch (if using an external monitor)
  3. Select the rotation dropdown menu
  4. Click on 90 degrees
  5. Your display will be rotated. Rotate your monitor accordingly to use in Vertical mode.

How to cast an Android phone on your vertical monitor?

  • To mirror a screen, you need Android 4.2 or higher on your smartphone
  • The monitor or TV should have inbuilt mirror display technology
  • Connect TV and smartphone to same Wi-Fi connection
  • Under your phone settings, go to Connection and Sharing
  • Find the Cast option and tap on it to enable it
  • Enabling the Cast option might require turning on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Location settings.
  • It will start searching the external monitor. 
  • The monitor will start showing in the search results. Tap on the monitor
  • Your smartphone will start displaying on the monitor

You can also connect your Android phone to the monitor using a USB to HDMI cable in a similar manner. Other devices like Chromecast can also be used to connect your smartphone to the monitor.

Note: If your phone doesn’t have an inbuilt Cast option, you can use an app like MiraCast.

How to mirror an iPhone on your vertical monitor?

  • An important thing to note here is that Apple devices are compatible with only Apple devices
  • iPhone can be streamed on an Apple TV or another Mac computer using AirPlay
  • Connect both the devices to the same Wi-Fi connection
  • Find the video that you want to stream.
  • Tap Share
  • Then tap AirPlay.
  • Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV

How to Rotate and Adjust a Monitor on Self Mounted Stand?

If your monitor comes with an adjustable stand with a pivot or 90-degree rotation feature, then it is effortless. 

  • Keep the monitor on a safe and stable platform, like a computer table or a standing desk. Make sure it is at the center.
  • Increase the height of the adjustable stand before you rotate the monitor. If you try turning the monitor without increasing the height of the stand, then the monitor will start touching the surface before it is completely tilted to vertical orientation.
  • Hold any two diagonal corners or two opposite sides of the monitor, and start rotating the monitor to 90 degrees.
  • In some monitors with a lower viewing angle range, you will see different brightness levels and colors across the vertical length of the monitor. You need to tilt the monitor to a suitable angle for a perfect view. 
  • Make sure you sit at least at an arm’s length, as it will give you a better viewing experience and is friendlier to your eyes and neck. If you keep it too close, you will have to move your eyes and neck from top to bottom too often, putting extra stress. 

How to Mount, Rotate and Adjust a Monitor on wall mount or monitor arm?

  • Ensure that your monitor has VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) compliant mounting holes provided at the back of the monitor to install it on a wall mount stand or a mounting arm.
  • Attach the clamp provided with the mounting stand or arm with the monitor using the screws
  • Once the clamp is attached to the monitor, it can be hung on the mounting arm or stand. Make sure it is properly tightened. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use two monitors, one set up vertically and the other horizontally?

Yes, you can use one monitor in vertical orientation and the other in a horizontal direction. In Windows display settings, you can choose the display you want to use in portrait mode and change its orientation settings, as described above.

Can all monitors be used vertically?

Though most modern-day monitors can be used vertically, there are still some which cannot be set up vertically. To check whether you can rotate a monitor to 90-degrees, please check if its self-mounted stand is pivot adjustable so that it can be turned. If not, the monitor should at least have VESA compatible holes provided at the back to mount it on a mounting arm that can be rotated. Another most crucial aspect to look at is its viewing angle. Only a wider viewing angle can be comfortably used in a vertical setup.

Will I have to change the display settings every time I reboot my computer?

No, the computer will use the same display settings used when the system shuts down. So, once you have changed the orientation to vertical, you do not need to set it up again after every reboot.


We highly recommend trying out a vertical monitor and seeing if it enhances your efficiency, performance, and convenience at work. It has been widely used, and most applications, websites, and software are made to work fine on vertical monitors. None of us here at wolfofdesk are programmers by trade, but I write a lot and chat a lot, and the vertical monitor allows me to check the chat without scrolling, which is nice.

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