How to Change Refresh Rate in Windows 10?

If you notice that your computer system’s display screen is randomly flickering and ruining your viewing experience, this might be because of a change in the Screen Refresh Rate in Windows 10. 

Although for a stable display, Windows 10 automatically adjusts the best refresh rate according to the screen’s configuration, there might be a time when you have to do it manually.

In this guide, we will learn what Screen Refresh Rate is and how to change the refresh rate in Windows 10.

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What is Screen Refresh Rate?

Screen Refresh Rate or refresh rate is the term used for indicating how many times a monitor screen refreshes in a second. This rate is usually measured in Hertz (Hz). A screen with a 100 Hz refresh rate, refreshes 100 times in a second. The higher the refresh rate, the better the screen viewing experience. 

For general computer tasks and everyday use, the refresh rate of 60 Hz is sufficient. Anything lower than 60 Hz can cause screen flickering and further leads to headaches and eye strain.

For a gamer, the higher refresh rate, that is, 144 Hz or more, will be required for a better gaming experience and smooth running.

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How to Change Refresh Rate in Windows 10?

If you are a Windows 10 user, you are provided with the option to adjust the screen’s refresh rate, depending on the monitor, resolution, and graphics card you’re using and according to your best viewing experience.

Here is how to change the screen refresh rate on a Windows 10 system for a sharper and clearer view.

  1. Click on the Windows icon on the taskbar and select Settings.Open settings

  2. Select System Settings.System settings

  3. From the left pane, choose Display.
    select display

  4. Scroll down and click on the Advanced display settings.change screen refresh rate

  5. Look for the Refresh Rate option, and under it, you will find the drop-down menu. The drop-down menu has all the screen refresh rates that your display supports. Choose the one that is best for your view.change screen refresh rate

  6. Close the window

To change the refresh rate of the secondary display, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to Settings->System->Display->Advanced display settings.
  2. Choose the required Display adapter properties for changing its refresh rate.change display adapter properties
  3. Switch to the Monitor tab, and under Monitor Settings, select the best-suited screen refresh rate from the drop-down menu.change screen refresh rate from display properties
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What if the Screen is still flickering? 

Even after adjusting the screen refresh rate, if your screen still flickers, then the problem might be something else. You can try applying the following troubleshooting techniques.

  • It might be possible that your system’s GPU does not support the screen refresh rate you have set. Some integrated graphic cards do not support high refresh rates. So, either update the graphic card or select the screen refresh rate according to the current GPU.
  • Your system’s graphic card drivers might be outdated and, therefore, not supporting the higher refresh rate. Update your display drivers either manually from the manufacturer’s website or from the Windows 10 Device Manager.
  • Some PC games use their own graphic settings to adjust FPS and refresh rate. If you are having trouble viewing that particular game, you can adjust the refresh rate from the game’s in-built graphic settings.
  • Check the cable connecting your monitor to the CPU. Sometimes lose connection can be responsible for the flickering screen issue.
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Final Words 

The flickering screen issue can be fixed by following the steps in this guide to change the refresh rate. You can also try other troubleshooting options. If the problem persists, then it might be because of some hardware issue inside the screen. Check for any physical damage on the display screen. Take help from the manufacturer’s service center, if you are stuck with a problem with no solution.

Does changing the screen refresh rate affect my gameplay?

The more the screen refresh rate, the better the viewing experience. Therefore if you increase the refresh rate on the Windows 10 system, it might improve your gameplay.

Does maximizing the screen refresh rate have any effect on the laptop battery life?

When you increase the screen refresh rate, the laptop’s display monitor will consume more power to maintain it throughout. So, it is evident that it would have an effect on the overall battery life.

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