How to Change Display Resolution in Windows 10

There are times when you may want to change the screen resolution in Windows 10. For example when certain games or apps demand a specific resolution.

The most obvious consequence of changing the display resolution of your device (or screen, when using Windows 10 with an external display like a monitor or projector) is size.

Which is to say, the higher the resolution, the small everything looks on screen.

Everything, in this case being text, icons and other such elements.

Resolution indirectly affects icon sizes because Windows 10 describes each icon and each character of text as a predefined number of pixels at certain resolutions. For example, a particular icon may have dimensions of 32 pixels, but these are displayed differently on different monitors.

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It may amount to 1/20th of a screen on a tablet, and 1/40th of a screen on a large screen monitor.

This display sharpness comes at a price, as you may have trouble seeing icons and text at tiny sizes on high-resolution screens.

Here’s a look at how to change the display resolution in Windows 10 and what consequences it has.

Change Screen Resolution in Windows 10

Changing the display resolution is simple.

  1. Right-click the desktop in Windows 10 and select the Display settings option to open up the Settings application.
    Display settings from context menu

  2. Then, look for the Display resolution option under Scale and Layout and click its drop-down menu.
    Display resolution drop down

  3. Now, choose the resolution that best fits your view from the list.
    Choose Resolution

  4. Finally, click Apply and select Keep changes when a message appears.Keep Changes

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Final Words

So, this is how you change the display resolution in Windows 10. Do bear in mind that if you decreased the resolution, the display might appear slightly fuzzy. And likewise, if you chose a resolution that has a different aspect ratio to that of your screen, the onscreen elements like buttons and text may appear stretched or squashed. So it is always suggested to keep the recommended resolution for the best display experience.

1. How do I fix text, windows, and graphics that are too large?

You can fix the text, windows, and graphics as per your viewing preference from Windows Display Settings, under Scale and layout. You can also try to change screen resolution.
Change the size of text

2. The upper part of my display is repeating below the Windows taskbar. How do I resolve this issue?

Use the latest driver validated by your computer manufacturer for your computer model. Some computers may need to use the customized driver from the computer manufacturer to resolve this issue.

3 thoughts on “How to Change Display Resolution in Windows 10”

  1. I play a lot of games and while most of them work best for the highest resolution, there are those older games that will ask for a lower resolution – yeah, this sucks, but otherwise I can’t play the game. So, for me, the least clicks needed to change resolution, the better!

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  2. The resolution options that are presented to me are still bad, my screen in both available options is squashed, is there any other ways to fix this???

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