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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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2.3. Change Your Screen Orientation

If you have a monitor that can be swiveled to a different orientation, you can configure Windows 7 to match that orientation.

A standard computer monitor comes with an orientation where the screen width is greater than the screen height. For example, on a typical 22-inch LCD monitor, the screen might be 19 inches wide and 12 inches high. (It is called a 22-inch monitor because it is approximately 22 inches on the diagonal.) This is called landscape orientation, which is a useful default configuration because you most often require extra width in applications such as spreadsheets and databases, or you may want to run two programs side by side.

However, plenty of PC applications work better when the screen height ...

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