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    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10

    How to Change Screen Resolution of a Display in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    01 May 2021
    Designer Media Ltd


    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.

    See also: Change desktop icon size or screen resolution | Microsoft Support

    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.



    Contents

    • Option One: Change Screen Resolution of Display in Settings
    • Option Two: Change Display Mode and Screen Resolution of Display in Advanced Display Settings
    • Option Three: Change Screen Resolution of Display in NVIDIA Control Panel
    • Option Four: Change Screen Resolution of Display in Intel Graphics Control Panel






    OPTION ONE

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Settings


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

    2 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.

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-display_settings-1.jpg

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

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-display_settings-2.jpg

    4 If the selected screen resolution 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 resolution.

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

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-display_settings-3.png

    5 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Change Display Mode and Screen Resolution of Display in Advanced Display 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)

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-advanced_display_settings-1.jpg

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

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-advanced_display_settings-2.png

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

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-advanced_display_settings-3.png

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

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-advanced_display_settings-4.png

    6 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 4​)

    7 If the selected screen resolution 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 resolution.

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

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-advanced_display_settings-5.png

    8 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Change Screen Resolution 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 resolution for under Select the displays you want to use on the right side, select the screen resolution you want for this display in the Resolution drop menu, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-screen_resolution_nividia_control_panel-1.png

    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.

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-screen_resolution_nividia_control_panel-2.png

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






    OPTION FOUR

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Intel Graphics Control Panel


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


    1 Open the Intel Graphics Control Panel.

    2 Click/tap on the Display icon. (see screenshot below)

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-change_resolution_intel_graphics_control_panel-1.jpg

    3 If you have more than one display connected to your computer, select the display you want to change the resolution of in the Select Display drop menu. (see screenshot below step 4)

    4 Select a resolution you want for this display in the Resolution drop menu, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-change_resolution_intel_graphics_control_panel-2.jpg

    5 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    If needed, your changes will automatically revert in 15 seconds if you wait and do not click/tap on Yes before this time is up.

    Change Screen Resolution of Display in Windows 10-change_resolution_intel_graphics_control_panel-3.png

    6 You can now close the Intel Graphics Control Panel if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 17
    10 (& hopefully 7) Pro64
       #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 : 62,298
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #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
       #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 : 62,298
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Odd. Hopefully it'll work with the next graphics driver update.
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  5. Posts : 17
    10 (& hopefully 7) Pro64
       #5

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

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  6. Posts : 60
    Wiindows 7 going to 10
       #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 : 62,298
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #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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  8. Posts : 60
    Wiindows 7 going to 10
       #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.
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  9. Posts : 62,298
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Great news crackhammer.
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