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    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10

    How to Change Screen Resolution of a Display in Windows 10
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    17 Feb 2018
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    How to Change Screen Resolution of a Display in Windows 10


    The screen resolution of a display determines how much information is displayed on the screen. It is measured horizontally and vertically in pixels. At lower screen resolutions, such as 640 x 480, fewer items will fit on the screen, but they will appear larger. At higher resolutions, such as 1900 x 1080, more items will fit on the screen but they will appear smaller. The resolution modes will vary with each display based on the video card device, monitor size, video driver, and monitor driver.

    Windows 10 includes support for 4K and 8K displays.

    By default, Windows chooses the best display settings for your PC based on your monitor. If you like, you can manually change the screen resolution of each display on your PC separately to what you want.

    • Changing the screen resolution of a display will be applied to all users no matter which user changed it.
    • Monitors can support resolutions that are lower than their native resolutions, but text won't look as sharp and the display might be small, centered on the screen, edged with black, or stretched. It is recommended to set the screen resolution of the display to the (Recommended) native resolution to get the best display on your monitor.
    • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an Internet connection, a screen resolution of at least 1024x768, and a Microsoft account.
    • Your screen resolution needs to be at least 1024x768 to have multiple windows and apps on your screen at the same time.

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

    Sometimes when you change the screen resolution, it may cause tiles of apps pinned to Start to be blank. If this happens, restarting explorer will usually help.



    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to open Display settings.

    2. Open Settings, click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 4 below.

    3. Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on Display settings, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. If you have more than one display connected to your PC, select a display (ex: "1") that you want to change the screen resolution of. (see screenshot below)

    If all your displays are not shown, then click/tap on the Detect link to see if Windows can find it.

    If you are not sure which display belongs to what number, then you can click/tap on the Identify link to have each display's number appear briefly to see.

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    5. Do step 6 (recommended) or step 7 (custom) below for how you would like to change the screen resolution of the selected display.


     6. To Select a Screen Resolution (recommended)

    A) In the Resolution drop menu, select a screen resolution (ex: 1920 x 1080) you want for the selected display. (see screenshot below)

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    B) If the selected screen resolution or display mode looks good to you, click/tap on Keep changes, and go to step 8​. (see screenshot below)

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

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

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     7. Select a Display Mode and Screen Resolution (custom)

    A) Click/tap on the Display adapter properties link at the bottom. (see screenshots below)

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, you will need to click/tap on the Advanced display settings link instead, and then click/tap on the Display adapter properties for Display # link for the display you want to change the screen resolution of.

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

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    C) Select a display mode that you want for the selected display, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    D) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 7B​)

    E) If the selected screen resolution or display mode looks good to you, click/tap on Keep changes, and go to step 8. (see screenshot below)

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

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

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    8. If you have more than one display connected to your PC and would like to change the screen resolution of another display, then repeat step 4 above.

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


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 17
    10 (& hopefully 7) Pro64
       03 Dec 2015 #1

    Hi Brink, hope you're well.
    Nothing on Custom resolutions? Having trouble creating a 2560x1440 (blank top and bottom) custom resolution with NVidia Win10Pro64, exactly like I did with Windows 7 for last couple of years to allow games to run in 16:9. Seems like Win10 has borked plenty of stuff...
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  2. Posts : 29,330
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       03 Dec 2015 #2

    Hello David, :)

    I'm afraid that if it's not supported by the monitor or graphics card, then it won't be listed.

    If you haven't already see if you may have an option for it using step 6 in OPTION ONE.
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  3. Posts : 17
    10 (& hopefully 7) Pro64
       04 Dec 2015 #3

    Thanks for the quick reply, family get-together last night meant I was incapable of even fuzzy logic...

    Strange thing is the exact same settings for a custom resolution worked in Windows 7 with exactly the same monitor and graphics card.
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  4. Posts : 29,330
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       04 Dec 2015 #4

    Odd. Hopefully it'll work with the next graphics driver update.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 17
    10 (& hopefully 7) Pro64
       04 Dec 2015 #5

    Have been lurking around the Nvidia forums and apparently the promises have been forgotten...

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    06 Dec 2015 #6

    Thats a great tutorial.

    I wonder what if one has none of these options listed? I have Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD upto 1274MB DMVT ( if this is the graphics card), and none of these options show up. Instead I see 'Microsoft Basic Display Adapter' under display adapters in device manager and Generic PnP Monitor. Stuck at 1024x768 resolution. I tried updating drivers without success.

    If this matters, I upgraded on Windows 7 home premium, and previous display resolution was 1366x768.

    Many thanks if anyone has a solution (or I should make a clean install?)
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  7. Posts : 29,330
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       06 Dec 2015 #7

    Hello crackhammer, :)

    Have you already installed the latest drivers for your Intel graphics?

    Latest Intel Graphics Driver for Windows 10

    What model number is your Acer laptop? Sometimes you may also need to install a NVIDIA or ATI driver as well.
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  •    06 Dec 2015 #8

    Thank you Brink for quick reply.

    It took almost half an hour for my laptop to check for any updates through windows update. It downloaded the drivers so job is done. Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  • Posts : 29,330
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       06 Dec 2015 #9

    Great news crackhammer.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


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