Can you mount any monitor vertically?

Get ready to expand your understanding of adjustable monitor arm usage and monitor orientation. Explore whether you can modify any monitor from horizontal to vertical display, and if possible, learn how to achieve it.

Can you make any monitor a vertical monitor?

While it's true that technological advancements have made workspace customization a breeze, it's vital to understand your equipment's limitations. Not all monitors are equipped the same way. This largely relies on the mount's ability for vertical rotation and its panels.

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Technically, any monitor flaunting a 100x100mm VESA mount could be arranged vertically with the right equipment. An external add-on such as a third-party stand or arm that supports rotation can easily accommodate this transition like Desky's Monitor Arms.

However, some monitors are designed to natively support vertical positioning, while others offer an optional stand for those who fancy such an arrangement. The choice, thus, lies in the hands of the user.

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Monitors come equipped with different kinds of panels, each offering varying levels of adaptability. IPS and VA panels, for instance, offer enough flexibility for vertical positioning.

Common monitors, on the other hand, may require the additional support of an aftermarket stand allowing rotation. Vertical-oriented setups supported by Desky Eco Vertical Monitor Mounts are a common sight in many professional workspaces.

How To Configure Your Operating System for a Vertical Monitor Setup

Expanding the horizons of your screen isn't as challenging as it seems. Most operating systems, including Windows and macOS, offer native support for adjusting screen orientation.

Steps to make adjustments on Windows based systems:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select 'Display settings'.
  2. Scroll through the settings until you find the ‘Orientation’ dropdown menu.
  3. Select the ‘Portrait (flipped)’ option
  4. Click ‘Apply’.

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If you are using a macOS system, follow these steps instead:

  1. Open System Preferences and select 'Displays'
  2. Switch to the 'Display' tab.
  3. Under 'Rotation', choose either '90' or '270' degrees.

Which Monitors Can Be Made Vertical?

Vertical setup of external monitors for work

Monitors offerings intrinsic support for vertical positioning usually come equipped with VESA mounts. Panels such as IPS and VA are prime examples of these.

Furthermore, monitors extending support for optional stands can also be made to stand vertically, capitalizing on their inherent flexibility.

Is 27 inch monitor too big for vertical?

Technically, large-monitor vertical orientation is possible, but it may lead to discomfort due to the strain it places on the users' necks and shoulders.

A blend of a 24-inch or 27-inch vertical display monitor and a larger 27-inch to 32-inch horizontal display monitor is often the preferred arrangement. This combination optimizes versatility and comfort, particularly for users logging long screen hours.

How to know if a monitor can be vertical

The deciding factor in determining vertical adjustment potential is the compatibility of your monitor with the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) mount. Monitors compliant with this standard can be used in a vertical orientation.

The reorientation from a horizontal to a vertical display is accomplished via the computer's settings, where the steps may vary slightly for Windows-based platforms.

How To Make Non-Vertical Monitor Vertical

Transitioning a traditional monitor into the vertical layout involves several simple steps:

  1. Click on the Start button and type 'settings'.
  2. Select Settings > System > Display
  3. Opt for a screen orientation from the drop-down list present next to 'Display orientation'.

    How To Switch Back Monitor Orientation

    Undoubtedly, a day might come when you wish to switch back to the traditional, horizontal orientation. Rest assured, reverting your monitor's orientation is as easy as setting it to vertical.

    You simply follow the same steps outlined above for rotating the display, selecting 'Landscape' instead of 'Portrait (flipped)' in the Windows display settings, or 'Standard' instead of '90' or '270' degrees in the macOS display settings.


    To sum up, most monitors can be pivoted into a vertical orientation, given the stand supports it and it's compatible with a VESA mount. Yet, it's crucial to consider factors like monitor size for maximum user comfort and well-being.

    Please note: This advice isn't universally applicable, and individual contexts can vary significantly. Check product specifics or consult with a professional before making big changes.

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