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How to change screen resolution in Windows 10



Finally, you replaced the corrupted old monitor for a higher resolution flat-screen display. You look up Windows 10 and everything on the new screen is big and ugly. It is likely that your computer is still set to the lower resolution used by your previous screen. In this article we show how to change the screen resolution in Windows 10.

Our guide includes settings with one or more screens. It also shows how to select specific resolutions with specific update speeds and creates a custom resolution on Nvidia-based systems. This guide is based on Windows 10 version 1809 (update from October 2018).

How To Change Screen Resolution In Windows 1
0: The Short Route

  Windows 10 Display Settings

1. Right-click on the desktop.
2. Select Display Settings from the menu.

 Windows 10 Display Resolution

3. Scroll down to Resolution .
4. Select the resolution you want in the expanded menu.

 Windows 10 continues to show changes

5. Select Keep changes if the resolution works as expected or Return if the setting causes problems.

If the new resolution distorts the screen to the point where you cannot make any changes Windows 10 will automatically return to your original resolution after 15 seconds.

For the best experience, choose the resolution listed as Recommended .

How to change screen resolution in Windows 10: The long way

  Windows 10 Access settings

1. Click the Start button and select the "gear" icon on the Start menu. This opens the Settings app.

 Windows 10 Access System

2. Select System .

 Windows 10 Display Resolution

3. Category Display opens by default. Scroll down to Resolution .
4. Select the resolution you want in the expanded menu.

 Windows 10 continues to show changes

5. Select Keep changes if the resolution works as expected or Return if the setting causes problems.

If the new resolution distorts the screen to the point where you cannot make any changes Windows 10 will automatically return to your original resolution after 15 seconds.

For the best experience, choose the resolution specified as Recommended .

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To change screen resolution in Windows 10 for multiple

  Windows 10 multiple displays are displayed

If you have two or more screens, you can change their individual resolutions.

first Take Short or Long Route listed above to get to the Windows 10 Settings app Display section.

2nd As shown above, you should see two or more rectangles with numbers. In our example, we have two screens connected to a laptop. "1" represents the primary portable screen. If you just duplicate the Windows 10 desktop to external monitors, the resolution you set on Display 1 will be the same for all connected monitors if they support that resolution.

If the desktop is in expanded mode, do the following:

1. Click the rectangle that belongs to the screen that you want to change.

 Windows 10 Display Resolution

2. Scroll down to Resolution and select the resolution you want in the expanded menu.

 Windows 10 continues to show changes

3. Select Keep changes if the resolution works as expected or Return if the setting causes problems.

If the new resolution distorts the screen to the point where you cannot make any changes Windows 10 will automatically return to your original resolution after 15 seconds.

For the best experience, choose the resolution specified as Recommended .

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How to change update rates in Windows 10

If you just want to change the resolution without managing the update rate, your trip will stop here. This section is about selecting a specific resolution and a specific refresh rate, such as 1.920 x 1.080 at 75Hz. It's a great place for players to experiment with resolutions and refresh rates to get the best experience from their connected screens.

 Windows 10 Advanced Display Settings

1. Right-click on the desktop and select Display Settings or take Settings> View route through the setup app.
2. Scroll all the way down to the link Advanced Display Settings .

 Windows 10 List all modes

3. Under Select screen select the screen you want to change in the drop-down menu.
4. Click the Display Adapter Properties for Display # (whatever you choose in step 3) link.
5. In the pop-up window, click the button to list all modes .
6. Select a resolution and refresh rate in a second pop-up window.
7. Click OK .
8. Click Apply .

 Windows 10 continues to show changes

9. The decision will change. In another pop-up window, select Keep Changes if the switch worked as expected or click Return if the switch did not work properly. Windows 10 will automatically return to your original setting in 15 seconds if you can't see anything on the screen.

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How to create a custom resolution (Nvidia)

Screen producers program a list in their monitors that contain stable resolutions and update frequency combinations that work correctly on their product. Windows 10 uses this list to present your resolution options in the setup app. But there is a chance that your monitor might "unofficially" go higher than the Windows 10 recommended setting.

For example, the computer's graphics card can support a 3.840 x 2.160 resolution at 120Hz, but Windows 10 is limited to 2,560 x 1,440 at 60Hz. This limit is based on the display manufacturer's "safe" list but does not mean that you cannot go higher with a little experiment. The disadvantage of pressing a combination with higher resolution and refresh rate is that you can damage the monitor, so experiments at your own risk.

As noted, this guide is based on computers that contain a discrete graphics card provided by Nvidia (GeForce).

 Windows 10 Nvidia Control Panel

1. Right-click the desktop and select the Nvidia Control Panel option on the resulting menu.

 Nvidia Control Panel

2. Select Change Resolution in the left menu of the Nvidia control panel. Note that you can take this route versus the instructions in Short . Long and Hardcore routes listed above.
3. Select the monitor you want to customize.
4. Click the Customize button.

 Nvidia Create custom resolution

5. In the pop-up window, check Enable resolutions that are not exposed by the option and then click OK .
6. If you still do not see the resolution you want click the Reset button .
7. Click the button Create custom resolution .

 Nvidia Test Custom Resolution

8. The next window shows options for setting horizontal pixels, vertical lines, refresh rate, color depth, and more. Again, this customization tool is not intended for Average Joe and can damage your monitor. Here are some notes:

Horizontal pixels: Number of pixels in a single line from left to right. We list examples in bold:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD or 1080p)
  • 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD or 1440p)
  • 3840 x 2160 2160p)

x 2160 2160p) Vertical lines: The number of vertical scanning lines extended into the screen from left to right. We list examples in bold:

  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD or 1080p)
  • 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD or 1440p)
  • 3840 x ] 2160 (Ultra HD or 2160p)

Update Rate: How many times does the image show an image every second. If you have a graphics card that outputs 60 frames per second, you want the display to be set to 60Hz.

Scanning type Progressive: Gives the whole picture at once. This reduces flicker.

Scan Type Interlaced: Half image is displayed followed by the second half 1 / 60th of a second later. This causes noticeable flicker.

Timing: By default, this is set to Automatic. You do not need to change these settings if your screen is connected via DisplayPort or HDMI. This section deals with DVI ports and analog CRT-based displays.

ninth Click the test button to see if your custom resolution works. The screen will go black for a moment.

With the right number combination, you should see a pop-up box that reveals a successful test. If you want to keep the new resolution, click on the Yes button . If not, click on the No button . If the test distorts your screen to the point that you can't see anything, Windows 10 will return to your original working resolution in 15 seconds.

 Nvidia Edit Custom Resolution

10. You should now see the new resolution in the window Customize . You can edit this setting by clicking on the selection icon next to its name, deleting it by clicking the red "X" or activating it by selecting the box. Click OK to close the Customize window.

 Nvidia Specify Custom Resolution

11. The custom resolution is now available through the Nvidia Control Panel and the Windows 10 Settings app. To set your monitor to the new resolution in the Nvidia control panel, click on the setting, and then Use .


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