How to find out the resolution of the screen on my monitor

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Different computer monitor resolutionsWhether it's out of curiosity, to improve video performance, or some other reason, many users would like to know the current or maximum resolution of their computer or laptop monitor. To proceed, select your version of Windows from the list below and follow the instructions.

How to view display resolution in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key, type Display, then press Enter.
  2. In the Settings window under the System section, make sure that Display is highlighted.

The display tab in Windows 10.

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

The bar that lets you select the resolution for your monitor in Windows.

Tip: You can change the resolution of you monitor by clicking the down arrow on the right side of the Resolution box, and then selecting from the drop-down menu that appears.

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

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

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

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.

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

  1. Press the Windows key, type Change the screen resolution, and then press Enter.
  2. In the window that appears, the current display resolution is shown in the box next to Resolution.

Windows 7 video resolution settings

Tip: You can change the resolution of you monitor by clicking the down arrow on the right side of the Resolution box, and then selecting from the drop-down menu that appears.

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

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.

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

  1. Under the Screen area section, the dimensions under the slider indicate the current screen resolution.

Note: Moving the slider all the way to the right displays the monitor's maximum resolution.