Is there any way to lock the screen aspect ratio?


  1. Posts : 67
    WINDOWS 10
       #1

    Is there any way to lock the screen aspect ratio?


    Is there any way to lock the screen aspect ratio so its always 1024x768, independent of there being a monitor connected to the PC?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,874
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Hi, you can set the ratio applied to particular displays: (e.g. options 2,3..)
    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10

    - and there are ways to set this by command line.
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  3. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro, 20H2
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    I take it that you want this to happen in a remote desktop configuration, is that correct? I'm guessing this since you just asked a question about alternatives to remote desktop.

    In remote desktop, you can set the specific screen resolution and save that option. See the screenshot below.

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  4. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
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    ReallyFrustratd said:
    Is there any way to lock the screen aspect ratio so its always 1024x768, independent of there being a monitor connected to the PC?
    I believe, from what I can understand from your viewpoint, is that when you want to connect any monitor to your computer, it will force the use of 1024x768 pixels.

    Hmmm. Interesting scenario.

    I'm not sure if there's a "force"
    1024x768 pixels to show for every monitor that you connect, since
    • Old monitors are 4:3 aspect ratio, and
    • Modern monitors are 16:9 aspect ratio


    Your example of 1024x768 is 4:3 aspect ratio (the olden monitors).

    My only suggestion is to
    1) Connect one monitor, set the "pixels" that you want (
    1024x768), then shut down the computer (assuming that Windows 10 remembers this setting for this monitor)
    2) While the computer is off, disconnect the first monitor, and connect the next monitor, and turn on the computer. When Windows 10 loads up completely, set the pixels (
    1024x768) for this next monitor. Shut down the computer.
    3) And so on...

    (ALSO KEEP NOTE: It will be difficult to set 1024x768 for the modern 16:9 monitors, because Windows will assume you want the resolution that shows properly. Yet you can force different pixels in some graphics cards settings)
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  5. Posts : 2,060
    Windows 10
       #5

    You can set an output of 1024 x 768 from your Graphic Card, no problem, however it is what the monitor does with that.

    Monitors may have various choices but not always every option.
    Lets say the monitor is the common 1920 x 1080 a different aspect ratio.

    1. Vertical fit maintaining aspect ratio, black bands each side.
    2. Vertical fit + horizontal fit, thus squashed.
    3. Horizontal fit, cutting off top/bottom.
    4. pixel-pixel mapping with black bands all around.

    1. to 3. involve scaling, but 4. does not.

    Monitors with digital connections like HDMI, DisplayPort will send information back to the system, EDID, as regards supported modes, resolutions etc. Windows and say an Nvidea control panel may only display those supported modes.
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  6. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro, 20H2
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    @ReallyFrustratd, could you please clarify your scenario for us? There is a lot of speculation here but not based upon any hard data. For example, my speculation was that your question was related to remote desktop connection because you stated "independent of there being a monitor connected to the PC" at the start of this thread and you had also started another thread inquiring about alternatives to remote desktop.

    Admittedly, I was just guessing your scenario by trying to put the two questions together, but if you clarify for this a bit, perhaps we can provide answers that better fit your scenario and intents.
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