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How to change screen resolution using command line on Windows 10

You can change your computer's screen resolution using Command Prompt on Windows 10, you just need the right tool — Here's how.

Change screen resolution using Command Prompt

Although you can always change the screen resolution using the Display settings, Windows 10 doesn’t include a command line equivalent to change the resolution of the display using Command Prompt or PowerShell.

This is a feature that would come in handy to quickly change the screen resolution for certain apps and games that work best at specific resolutions. Also, using a command line tool allows to automate the process with a script and even Task Scheduler.

However, if you’re looking to change the resolution of your computer monitor with command line, you can use QRes by Anders Kjersem, which is a tiny (old) tool that doesn’t require installation, and it’s been designed to adjust the display pixel resolution through Command Prompt.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to select a different display resolution for your monitor on Windows 10 using command line.

Warning: This is a third-party software, and it’s offered without guarantee, use it at your own risk.

How to change screen resolution using Command Prompt

Use these steps to change screen resolution with command line:

  1. Download QRes from this website.

  2. Right-click the QRes.zip file and select Extract All.

  3. Click the Extract button.

  4. Type CMD and press Enter in add QRes folder address bar to open Command Prompt in the location.

  5. Type the following command to change the screen resolution and press Enter:

    QRes.exe /x:1689 /y:1050
    Change screen resolution using Command Prompt
    Change screen resolution using Command Prompt

    In the command make sure to change the path for the QRes.exe file, and enter a supported width (x) and height (y) pixel resolution. For example, 1366 x 768, 1440 x 900, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, etc.

Once you complete the steps, the screen will change to the resolution you specified.

How to change screen resolution using script

Alternatively, you can use QRes to create a file script that you can simply double-click or schedule with Task Scheduler to change the display resolution automatically.

Use these steps to create a script to change the screen resolution of your computer:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Notepad and click the top result to open the experience.

  3. Copy and paste the following command:

    %homepath%\Downloads\QRes\QRes.exe /x:1689 /y:1050
    Script to change resolution automatically
    Script to change resolution automatically

    In the command make sure to change the path for the QRes.exe file, and enter a supported width (x) and height (y) pixel resolution. For example, 1366 x 768, 1440 x 900, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, etc.

  4. Click the File menu.

  5. Select the Save As option.

  6. Save the batch file with a descriptive name and a .bat file extension.

After you complete the steps, double-click the batch file and the screen resolution should change automatically without the need for extra steps.

If you need to change the display resolution constantly, it’s recommended to create another batch file to restore the original resolution. You can always find out about all the solutions supported by your monitor on Settings > System > Display.

Although QRes is an old program, it doesn’t require installation and works as advertised. You may be able to find other tools, but they may required installation of additional software, and they won’t be as easy to use.