How to Change Screen Refresh Rate of a Display in Windows 10

The refresh rate is the number of frames per second your monitor can display. Hertz frequency is used as the measurement at which the screen is redrawn.

Using a high frequency rate will usually give clearer visibility, which results in less strain on their eyes and headaches.

The available refresh rates for a display will depend on the monitor, its driver, and the set screen resolution.

This tutorial will show you how to change the screen refresh rate of each separate display connected to the PC for all users in Windows 10.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Screen Refresh Rate of Display in Settings
  • Option Two: Change Screen Refresh Rate of Display in NVIDIA Control Panel






OPTION ONE

Change Screen Refresh Rate of Display in Settings



1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2 Click/tap on Display on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced display settings link on the right side towards the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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3 Select a display you want to change refresh rate of in the Choose display drop menu, and click/tap on the Display adapter properties for Display # link. (see screenshot below)

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4 Do step 5 (select) or step 6 (display mode) below for how you would like to change the screen refresh rate of the selected display.


5 To Select a Screen Refresh Rate

A) Click/tap on the Monitor tab. (see screenshot below)

B) Select a Screen refresh rate in the drop menu you want for the selected display.

C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.

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6 To Select a Display Mode with Screen Refresh Rate

A) In the Adapter tab, click/tap on the List All Modes button. (see screenshot below)

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B) Select a display mode you want that has the screen resolution and screen refresh rate you want for the selected display, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7 If the selected screen refresh rate or display mode looks good to you, click/tap on Keep changes. (see screenshot below)

You will have 15 seconds to select Keep changes or Revert before it will automatically revert back to the previous screen refresh rate or display mode.

This can be handy if the changes prevented you from being able to see this dialog.

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8 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






OPTION TWO

Change Screen Refresh Rate of Display in NVIDIA Control Panel


This option is only available if you have NVIDIA graphics and drivers installed.


1 Open the NVIDIA Control Panel (ex: from desktop context menu or notification icon).

2 Click/tap on the Change resolution link under Display in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

3 Select the display you want to change the refresh rate for under Select the displays you want to use on the right side, select the refresh rate you want for this display in the refresh rate drop menu, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Yes in the Apply Changes dialog when prompt to confirm. (see screenshot below)

If needed, your changes will automatically revert in 20 seconds if you wait and do not click/tap on Yes before this time is up.

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5 You can now close the NVIDIA Control Panel if you like.


That's it,
Shawn