How to view or change the screen resolution of a monitor

Updated: 12/05/2021 by Computer Hope
Different computer monitor resolutions

Whether it's out of curiosity, to improve video performance, or another reason, you may want to view or change a screen's resolution. To proceed, select your operating system from the list below and follow the instructions.

How to view or change display resolution in Windows 11

Windows 11
  1. Press the Windows key, type Settings, and press Enter.
  2. In the Settings window, click the System option in the left navigation menu, if not already selected.
  3. On the right side of the Settings window, click the Display option.

Windows 11 System settings

  1. In the Scale & layout section, the current screen resolution is listed under Display resolution.

Display resolution setting in Windows 11 display settings

  1. To change the display resolution, click the down arrow on the right side of the Display resolution box and select an option from the drop-down menu.

Windows 11 drop-down menu for selecting display resolution

In the drop-down menu, the resolution with (Recommended) next to it is your monitor's native resolution.

The dimensions at the top of the menu indicate the highest resolution your monitor can display.

Note

If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, each monitor is shown next to the "Detect" and "Identify" buttons.

Note

As you increase the resolution, the overall picture gets smaller. However, the image quality improves because there are more pixels shown on the screen. For example, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 appears much larger and has a poorer image quality than a resolution of 3840 x 2160 on a 4K monitor.

Tip

You can also change the orientation of the screen display or return to the normal setting by clicking the Display orientation drop-down menu and selecting Landscape or Portrait.

How to view or change display resolution in Windows 10

Windows 10
  1. Press the Windows key, type Settings, and press Enter.
  2. In the Settings window, click the System option.
  3. On the left side of the Settings window, under the System section, click the Display option, if not already selected.

Windows 10 system display.

  1. In the Scale and layout section, the current screen dimensions are listed under Display resolution.

Select the resolution for your monitor in Windows 10.

  1. To change the display resolution, click the down arrow on the right side of the Display resolution box and select an option from the drop-down menu.

Drop-down menu that shows a monitor's native resolution.

In the drop-down menu, the resolution with (Recommended) next to it is your monitor's native resolution.

The dimensions at the top of the menu indicate the highest resolution your monitor can display.

Note

If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, each monitor is shown next to the "Detect" and "Identify" buttons.

Note

As you increase the resolution, the overall picture gets smaller. However, the image quality improves because there are more pixels shown on the screen. For example, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 appears much larger and has a poorer image quality than a resolution of 3840 x 2160 on a 4K monitor.

Tip

You can also change the orientation of the screen display or return to the normal setting by clicking the Display orientation drop-down menu and selecting Landscape or Portrait.

How to view or change display resolution in Windows Vista, 7, and 8

Windows Vista, 7, 8
  1. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, open the Control Panel and click the Adjust Screen Resolution option under the Appearance and Personalization heading.

    In Windows 8, right-click an empty area on the desktop and select Screen Resolution in the pop-up menu.
  2. In the Screen Resolution window that appears, the current display resolution is shown in the box next to Resolution.

Windows 7 video resolution settings

  1. To change the monitor resolution, click the down arrow on the right side of the Resolution box, and move the slider up or down to increase or decrease the screen resolution.

The dimensions at the top of the slider indicate the highest resolution your monitor can display.

Note

If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, each monitor is shown next to the "Detect" and "Identify" buttons.

Note

As you increase the resolution, the overall picture gets smaller. However, the image quality improves because there are more pixels shown on the screen. For example, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 appears much larger and has poorer image quality than a resolution of 3840 x 2160.

Tip

You can also change the orientation of the screen display or return to the normal setting by clicking the Orientation drop-down menu and selecting Landscape or Portrait.

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

Windows 2000
  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Display.
  3. Click the Settings tab.

Windows display properties

  1. In the Screen area section, the dimensions under the slider indicate the current screen resolution.
  2. To change the display resolution, move the slider left or right, click Apply, and then click OK.
Note

Moving the slider to the far right displays the monitor's maximum resolution.

How to view or change the display resolution in macOS

macOS Big Sur

To find out or change the screen's resolution on your iMac or MacBook, follow the steps below.

  1. In the menu bar, click the Apple icon to open the Apple menu.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

System Preferences selector in macOS.

  1. In the System Preferences window, click the Displays option.

Displays shortcut

  1. In the next window, make sure the Display tab is selected at the top. Then, press and hold the option key, and then click the button next to Scaled.

Screen resolution in maOS

  1. The number highlighted in blue when you first expand the Scaled menu is the screen's current resolution. In this example, the current resolution is 1080p. The largest dimensions on the list are the monitor's native resolution.
  2. You may change the display resolution by clicking one of the options in the Scaled drop-down menu.
Tip

You can also change the orientation of the screen display or return to the normal setting by clicking the Rotation drop-down menu and selecting the desired option.

How to view or change the display resolution in Chrome OS

Chrome OS logo

To view or change the screen's resolution in Chrome OS on a Chromebook, follow the steps below.

  1. At the bottom-right corner of the Chromebook screen, click the rectangular box with the time, Wi-Fi icon, and battery icon.
  2. In the small menu window that appears, click the Settings option.
  3. In the Search Settings text field, type display and click the Displays entry under the Devices heading.
  4. For the Resolution setting, on the far-right, move the slider to the right or left to increase or decrease the screen resolution.

Change screen resolution on a Chromebook

Tip

You can also change the orientation of the screen display or return to the normal setting by clicking the Orientation drop-down menu and selecting the desired option.