Adjust the Screen Resolution Setting in Windows
Adjusting the screen resolution setting might be necessary to resolve issues with the display size on monitors and other output devices like projectors.
Be sure to see the tips at the bottom of this page for some helpful advice if you run into problems changing the screen resolution.
Change Screen Resolution Settings in Windows
The steps for changing the screen resolution are quick and pretty straightforward, but there are slight differences depending on your version of Windows.
- Open Control Panel from the Power User Menu (Win+X keyboard shortcut) if on Windows 10 or 8, or the Start menu in older versions of Windows.Tip: You can open Control Panel from the Run dialogue box or a Command Prompt too, with the control panel command.
- Open Appearance and Personalization (called Appearance and Themes in XP) or skip down to Step 3 if you’re viewing the Control Panel applets by their icon.
- Choose Display or, if on Windows Vista, Personalization.
- To find the screen resolution setting in Windows 10, 8, or 7, select Change display settings from the left side of the screen. If on Windows 10, also click or tap the Advanced display settings link.Windows Vista users need to use the Display Settings option.In Windows XP, this can be found in the Settings tab of Display Properties.
- Use the drop-down menu or slider next to Resolution (XP calls it Screen Resolution) to pick a different resolution setting.Under most circumstances, the best choice is 800 by 600 pixels or 1024 by 768 pixels, possibly higher if you’re using a 19″ or larger monitor. The “best” setting is highly subjective to your personal preferences.Note: Some types of software require the screen resolution settings to be set at a specific size. If you receive errors when opening certain software titles be sure to make any changes here as necessary.Important: Before continuing to the next step and applying the changes, understand that if you set the screen resolution too high, the screen will probably go blank. See Tip 3 below to see what you should do if that happens.