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Article Title: Windows Customization Guide - How To Change Screen Resolution In All Flavours Of Windows
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Creation Date: June 30, 2016
Last Modified: Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:47 AM
Applies To:
Windows XP Media Centre Edition
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Introduction

Screen resolution refers to the number of pixels displayed on your computer screen at one time. A pixel is a small coloured dot of light. Web pages are often designed to look best with particular screen resolutions such as 800 pixels x 600 pixels or 1024 pixels x 768 pixels.

A screen image is composed of thousands of small dots called pixels. The smallest piece of the screen that can be controlled individually is called a pixel and each pixel can have its own color and intensity. Hundreds of thousands of pixels together make up what you see on your screen (monitor). A screen’s resolution, therefore, is the maximum number of displayable pixels. The higher the resolution on a monitor, the more pixels it can display. Additionally, the higher number of pixels that can be displayed on screen the clearer the image.

Your operating system should allow you to change your screen resolution easily using the Display Properties control panel (Windows) or the Monitors and Sound control panel (Macintosh). For more information consult your operating system manual, or Windows Help, or the content below.

Note that the capacity to display different resolutions is determined by both your monitor's capability and the video display driver installed on your computer. If you are sure you have the correct video driver installed but still cannot display the resolution you want, it may be that your computer or monitor is too old to support higher resolutions.

How To Configure The Screen Resolution In Windows XP Professional

This section provides an overview of how to change screen resolution on Windows XP Professional or Home based personal computers.

( a ) Left click Start.

Accessing the Windows XP Display Properties Window.

( b ) Left click Control Panel.

Accessing the Windows XP Display Properties Window.

( c ) In the Windows Control Panel, double left click the Display icon.

This will load the Display Properties window as shown in the following picture.

Accessing the Windows XP Display Properties Window.

The Display Properties window will show any multi-monitor support that is installed on the system.

You can change the resolution of a specific desktop by left clicking the number of the desktop you want to change and dragging the slider Screen Resolution.

To increase the resolution (make items appear smaller on your screen) drag the slider right.

To decrease the resolution (make items appear larger on your screen) drag the slider left.

To change the color quality select a value from the color quality list-box.

Left click OK to confirm all changes.

Left click Cancel to abort all changes and close the Window.

Left click Apply to confirm all changes and keep the window open.

Additional Notes:

The current screen resolution setting is listed under the Screen Resolution box. If the value listed is 640 x 480, and no other values are selectable, then you will need to uninstall and reinstall the drivers for your video card.

Normal values selectable in this box include:

  1. 800x600
  2. 1024x768 or higher.

Additionally, in the Color quality box, if the only selectable option is a low value such as 8 colors or 16 colors, then more than likely this is a driver issue and you could try re-installing the device drivers for the component that you are having the problem with.

Normal values selectable in the color quality box are 16-bit (16 million colors) or 24-bit (24 million colors).

How to Configure Screen Resolution In Windows Vista and Windows 7

Changing screen resolution in Windows Vista and Windows 7 is simpler than changing it in Windows XP. Here`are instructions that will help you change screen resolution in Windows Vista and 7:

  1. Right click an empty area on your Windows desktop.

    Accessing Display options to change screen resolution.

  2. On the pop-up menu that appears right click the Screen Resolution link. The screen resolution window will appear.


    To change the screen resolution:

  3. Select the resolution drop-down selector and change a value to suit your needs.

  4. Left click the OK button to confirm all changes and close the Window.

  5. Left click the Cancel button to abort all changes and close the window.

  6. Left click the Apply button to confirm all changes and keep the window open.

Congratulations! You now know how to change screen resolutions in Windows XP and Windows Vista / 7.


How to Configure Screen Resolution In Windows 8

It is relatively easy to change screen resolution in Windows 8 just getting to where you need to be is a little different. Heres how to do that:

1. Access the Windows desktop function by accessing the Windows Start Menu and left clicking the Desktop shortcut.

Accessing The Windows 8 Start Menu

2. Right click on an empty area on the Windows 8 desktop and from the popup menu that appears select Screen Resolution.

Accessing The Windows 8 Start Menu

3. On this window you can select a new screen resolution by selecting an option from the drop down menu as highlighted in the following illustration.

Accessing The Windows 8 Start Menu

4. The list of selections within this area is dependant on your video card and drivers installed.

Accessing The Windows 8 Start Menu

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