How to set the display resolution in Microsoft Windows

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10
Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP

How to set the display resolution in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Adjust screen resolution option.

OR

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Display option.
  3. In the left navigation pane, click the Change display settings option.

Following the steps above should result in the "Change the appearance of your display" window opening, similar to the picture below.

Windows 7 video resolution settings

Click on the drop-down list for the Resolution option and select the desired resolution. The resolutions available to select will be based on the capabilities of your monitor and the video card in your computer.

Note: If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, you should see each monitor displayed in the window pictured above, next to the "Detect" and "Identify" buttons.

Tip: As you increase the resolution, the overall picture will get smaller, however the quality also increases because there are more pixels shown on the screen. A resolution of 800x600 is going to appear much larger and poorer quality than a resolution of 1024x768.

How to set the video resolution in Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click on Display.
  3. Click the Settings tab.

Windows display properties

Once in the Settings tab, change the "Screen area" by dragging the slider from the left to the right to increase the resolution. If you want to increase the colors, click the down arrow on the Colors box and select the amount of colors you want to use. It is important to realize that as you increase your screen area or resolution, you may not be able to use all the different colors.

Tip: As you increase the resolution, the overall picture will get smaller, however the quality also increases because there are more pixels shown on the screen. A resolution of 800x600 is going to appear much larger and poorer quality than a resolution of 1024x768.