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Surface Pro 4 Rotation Lock in Windows 10 (Disable Autorotate)

February 8, 2017

My Surface Pro 4 was recently updated which reset some of my setting. This was driving me crazy because I am not a fan of the Autorotate feature that comes with a surface (when it tries to act like a tablet). Personally, I like everything to remain in landscape mode at all times – that way my carefully placed / sized windows don’t end up getting moved around / resized. After much trial and error, I was finally able to figure out a way to achieve my goal.

 

To lock the display into landscape mode, here’s what I ended up doing. Trust me, this process is not very intuitive at all.

 
 

  1. Be sure you’re in desktop mode (with the keyboard attached).
  2. Open the “Settings” application and go into “Display”.
  3. Rotate into portrait mode (I know, this sound counter intuitive).

    Interestingly enough, doing this (rotating the display) enables the toggle for “Lock rotation of this display”, which is greyed out prior to the rotation.

  4. Change the value of “Lock rotation of this display” from “Off” to “On”.

    Another interesting thing that happens this time is that the “Orientation” drop down now becomes active.

  5. Now we can finally select the “Landscape” option. Doing this will lock the display into landscape mode. Note: don’t choose “Landscape (flipped)”, unless you want the display to always be upside down (which may be your thing).

  6. Now that you have selected “Landscape”, click on “Apply”.

  7. Be sure to “Keep changes” before the timeout, or else you’ll have to go through this whole process all over again.

 
 

And finally, once again (after a Windows update) we’ve successfully disabled Autorotate.

6 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’ve been searching for a way to do this for ages!

  2. Peter says:

    Thank you very much. Very helpful, and easy to follow. My inability to restore the locked screen after the last Windows update has been driving me mad out in the field (doing property valuations on the Surface).
    Cheers.

    • Paul says:

      Me too Peter. Many thanks (Colin?)
      Absolutely driving me insane. Finally, I have a fix. Only took me year. Damn Windows updates. Cannot for the life of me understand why they screw around with these settings.
      Always something goes wrong that takes me ages to fix – after every single update since W10 came out.
      It’s nothing short of ABUSE of customers.

  3. kamal says:

    there is no any options “lock rotation of the display”
    what to do

  4. John says:

    Found this entry looking for a way how to lock it.
    That is BIZARRE.
    I’m left wondering why they decided (to try) to disable the ability to lock the screen in certain orientations. What they were thinking, I can only imagine.

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