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February 27, 2008

Active Rotate or Auto Rotate Feature on Thinkpad x60 and x61 tablets

Filed under: kamakula — kamakula @ 6:22 pm
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I’ve got this cool awesome tablet that has an auto rotate feature. Pretty much in tablet mode, the screen will rotate to the proper orientation based on how you’re holding it. The issue is that this feature is not activated by default and information on how to do it is very unclear and hard to find. When I first got my laptop, I’d puzzled it out but after making some changes and doing other things that involved screwing around with the hard drive, it’s partitions, and security chip settings on my tablet, I restored it to defaults.

However, I couldn’t remember what i did before. A few weeks later (and after about 20 minutes of detailed searching), I finally figured it out.

1. You must have the tablet shortcut menu installed. If you don’t, you’d need to download the thinkvantage drivers from the lenovo website. If you don’t have the latest video card and touchscreen drivers for some reason, update those too.

2. Push the tablet menu button on the screen. It is the one to the immediate right of the rotate button.

3. Look at the bottom left of the tablet menu – see the gray settings button, click that.

4. The configuration screen that comes up has necessary stuff to configure active rotate.

If you need further help, leave me a comment.



  1. thanks – really helpful – have configured tablet activerotate settings for my x61 now 🙂

    Comment by jkos — March 8, 2009 @ 7:48 am | Reply

  2. Thanks heaps. thought my X200 came with active rotate but it’s not written any where
    on Lenovo’s site. thanks

    Comment by Davo — March 10, 2009 @ 7:13 am | Reply

  3. I installed the Tablet Shortcut Menu and the other drivers and when I go to the configuration screen the ENABLE ACTIVEROTATE option is grayed out and I cannot check it. The Active Rotate was previously working on my x200 Tablet and now it is not working for no reason. Do you have any other options I can check?

    Comment by Jesus Devesa — June 19, 2009 @ 10:44 am | Reply

    • What changed to cause you to re-install the tablet shortcut menu? I’m not sure at the moment what else you could check, but perhaps we can figure out what went wrong.

      Comment by kamakula — June 19, 2009 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks for your fast response, nothing changed, it just stopped working so I decided to reinstall it. Since it didnt work I uninstalled all Lenovo software and reinstalled it again but nothing.

    I called Lenovo and they asked me to send the machine which I believe is crazy since the manual rotation button via the screen or Windows works perfectly.

    Comment by Jesus Devesa — June 19, 2009 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

    • Have you reinstalled all the Thinkpad drivers? I did a search and I found that someone that said he needed to install Multitouch driver (if your laptop has this). Active Protection System, and Access Connections before it worked. It could be that Active Rotate depends on one or more of those.

      Comment by kamakula — June 19, 2009 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  5. I really enjoyed reading this article, keep up creating such interesting articles!

    Comment by uttelsElutt — December 11, 2009 @ 11:10 pm | Reply

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