Easy Ways To Change Screen Resolution In Windows 10

Screen resolution refers to the degree of clarity of the objects like text, images, etc on your PC or laptop. This is usually set at default values that differ as per the manufacturer and the type of monitor used in the PC.

High resolution brings out the best clarity of the objects but to achieve this the size of the text or image is compromised, making it smaller. On the other hand, a lower resolution might not bring out the clean detailed object descriptions but the size is comparatively larger and readable.

Based upon the user and their comfort one can change Screen resolution from the default resolution. There is nothing wrong with changing it as on prolonged usage the user needs the screen or monitor to customized accordingly.

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In this article, we will focus on Screen resolution and how to change screen resolution in Windows operating system.

How to Change Screen Resolution?

The simple solution to get yourself accustomed to the new monitor or PC is by adjusting the resolution of the screen such that any glitch in the display would be rectified. We will cover the adjustment in different versions of Windows.

Windows 10

  • Open the Start menu and search for the ‘Display Settings’. 
  • You can also access the Display settings by right-clicking on the desktop screen. From the list choose the settings to open the settings dialog box.
  • Search for the ‘Resolution’ settings towards the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on the down-arrow to open the drop-down list of different ranges or pixels of resolution.
  • Choose the resolution that would suit your monitor display the best. 
  • When you click on the new resolution, you can the changes being applied to your screen. If you find this suitable then save the changes otherwise try another one.
  • In case you do not want the change, you can choose the ‘Revert’ option. This will revert the display to the previously set resolution.
  • Finally, click on the ‘Keep changes’ option to save the change in resolution.

Make sure that you choose an option within 15 seconds as Windows is programmed to automatically revert to the previous resolution on its own in case no option is selected. This is to prevent a scenario where the new resolution makes everything on the screen almost unreadable!

Note: Whenever you use a new monitor, the Windows would adjust the resolution to provide the best experience on its own. This recommended option is usually apt for the screen.

In case you cannot find the Resolution panel in the Display settings follow these steps:

  • Access the Display settings by right-clicking on the desktop screen. From the list choose the Display settings to open the settings dialog box.
  • Click on the ‘Advanced Display Settings’ option.
  • Search for the ‘Resolution’ settings towards the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on the down-arrow to open the drop-down list of different ranges or pixels of resolution.
  • Choose the resolution that would suit your monitor display the best. 
  • Click on the ‘Apply’ option. If the resolution value is suitable then click on the ‘Keep Changes’ option or use the ‘Revert’ option to shift to the previous value.

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Windows 7, Windows 8

Follow these steps if you use the Windows 7 or Windows 8 version.

  • Right-click on the desktop screen and from the list choose the ‘Screen Resolution’ option.
  • Click on the down-arrow symbol to access the drop-down menu and choose the resolution values from the list.
  • A vertical bar with different resolution values would be displayed which can be dragged to adjust the resolution of the monitor.
  • After fixing the resolution value click on the ‘Apply’ option followed by OK.
  • Click on the ‘Keep Changes’ option or the ‘Revert’ option.

TIP: A general tip to understand the resolution values would be that as the resolution value is set at a higher value the clarity is increased, the size of the text would decrease, and vice versa.

Windows Vista

  • Right-click on the desktop screen and from the list choose the ‘Personalize’ option.
  • Search and click on the ‘Display Settings’ at the bottom of the screen.
  • There would be a ‘Resolution’ bar that can be slid from left to right to adjust the resolution scale.
  • If you slide it towards the left the resolution would decrease whereas it would rise as you shift towards the right. The clearest display of objects would be possible if you set the resolution value to the recommended pixel range.
  • After fixing the resolution value click on the ‘Apply’ option followed by OK.
  • Click on the ‘Keep Changes’ option or the ‘Revert’ option.
  • Click ‘Yes’ on the prompt that states “Do you want to keep these display settings?”. 
  • You will find the 15 seconds timer running at the bottom of the dialog box after which the settings would revert if you haven’t responded to the prompt.

Windows XP

  • Right-click on the desktop screen and from the list choose the ‘Properties’ option.
  • The Display properties windows would be opened. You can also access the display properties dialog box from the Settings menu in the Start menu.
  • Under the Display option, you would find the Screen resolution slider with ‘Less’ and ‘More’ written on both ends.
  • Drag or slid the pointer to set the display resolution. The pixels value would be displayed at the bottom of the slider.
  • Click on the ‘Apply’ option.
  • Choose ‘OK’ followed by choosing the ‘Yes’ option from the prompt of the Monitor settings box.
change Screen Resolution

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If your monitor display resolution has been changed unknowingly then you can restore the pixels by using the Boot Menu. Follow the steps given below to access the Boot menu as well as restore the resolution settings:

  • Continuously press on the Power button causing your device to shut down forcefully.
  • Then turn it on again and press the F12 key repeatedly before the Windows logo appears on the screen.
  • This will open the Boot menu.
  • Scroll and choose the ‘Enable Low Resolution’ option from the list using the arrow keys.
  • This will troubleshoot and restore any changes made along with updating the drivers and set the screen to the recommended value.

In this article, we have covered the techniques to change the screen resolution and how to Change Screen Resolution in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows XP.

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