How to view or change the screen resolution of a monitor

Updated: 11/30/2020 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 screens resolution. To proceed, select your operating system from the list below and follow the instructions.

How to view or change display resolution in Windows 10

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.

Windows 10 system display.

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

Select the resolution for your monitor in Windows.

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

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

Tip

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

Note

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.

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

Windows Vista, 7, 8
  1. Press the Windows key, type Change display settings, 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

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

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. A resolution of 1920 x 1080 is going to appear much larger and have poorer image quality than a resolution of 3840 x 2160.

How to view or change the display resolution in macOS

macOS Big Sur

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

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

System Preferences selector in macOS.

  1. In the System Preferences menu, select Displays.

Displays shortcut

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

Screen resolution in maOS

  1. The number in the blue box when you first expand the Scaled menu is the screen's current resolution. In this example, it's 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.

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. Under 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 OK.
Note

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