How to set the resolution in Microsoft Windows

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

Windows Vista, 7, and 8 users

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Click Adjust screen resolution, which should show the below screen and allow you to adjust all resolution settings.

Windows 7 video resolution settings

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.

Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP users

  1. Open the Click Start, Settings, 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 switch 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.