How to change screen resolution on Windows 10

Do you need to adjust the screen resolution on your monitor? Here's how to do it on Windows 10.

Change screen resolution on Windows 10
Change screen resolution on Windows 10

On Windows 10, the screen resolution defines the clarity of the images and text rendered on the monitor. When using a high resolution on the display (for example, 1080p or 4K), items on the screen will look sharper and smaller to allow more items on the screen. In contrast, when using a low resolution (such as 1024 x 800-pixels), you won’t be able to see as many items on the screen, and they’ll appear larger.

The resolution you can use will always depend on the monitor and graphics card. Usually, Windows 10 detects and set the most optimal resolution for a given display, but you can use the “Display” settings to change the screen resolution to something different.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to change the resolution settings on Windows 10.

Change display resolution on Windows 10

To change the screen resolution, use the steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Display.

  4. Under the “Scale and layout” section, use the “Display resolution” drop-down menu and change the resolution.

    Display resolution settings on Windows 10
    Display resolution settings on Windows 10
    Quick tip: You can avoid a blurry screen by selecting the resolution labeled “recommended.”

In addition to being able to change the pixel resolution, note that in this page you can also change brightness level, enable and configure Night light settings, change your display scaling, and orientation (landscape or portrait). You can also change the screen resolution with command lines using third-party tools like QRes.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].