System Change Display Resolution in Windows 11

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Display resolution refers to the clarity of the text and images displayed on your screen. At higher resolutions, such as 1600 x 1200 pixels, items appear sharper. They also appear smaller so more items can fit on the screen. At lower resolutions, such as 800 x 600 pixels, fewer items fit on the screen, but they appear larger.

The resolution you can use depends on the resolutions your monitor supports. Old CRT monitors generally display a resolution of 800 × 600 or 1024 × 768 pixels and can work well at different resolutions. Modern LCD or LED monitors and laptop/tablet built-in displays support higher resolutions, such as 4K and 8K, and work best at their native resolution.

You don't have to set your monitor to run at its native resolution, but it is recommended in order to ensure you see the sharpest text and images possible.

This tutorial will show you how to change the resolution of each separate display for all users in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Display Resolution in Settings
  • Option Two: Change Display Resolution in Advanced Display Settings
  • Option Three: Change Display Resolution in NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Option Four: Change Display Resolution in Intel Graphics Control Panel





OPTION ONE

Change Display Resolution in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 If you have more than one display connected to your PC, select a display (ex: "1") that you want to change the resolution for. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Select the resolution you want in the Display resolution drop menu on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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5 If the selected resolution looks good to you, click/tap on Keep changes. (see screenshot below)

You will have 15 seconds to click/tap on Keep changes or Revert before it will automatically revert back to the previous display resolution.

This can be handy if the changes prevented you from being able to see this dialog.


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6 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Change Display Resolution in Advanced Display Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Advanced display on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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4 If you have more than one display connected to your PC, Select a display to view or change its settings, and click/tap on the Display adapter properties for Display # link. (see screenshot below)

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5 In the Adapter tab, click/tap on the List All Modes button. (see screenshot below)

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6 Select a mode with the resolution, color bit, refresh rate you want for the selected display, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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8 If the selected mode looks good to you, click/tap on Keep changes. (see screenshot below)

You will have 15 seconds to click/tap on Keep changes or Revert before it will automatically revert back to the previous mode.

This can be handy if the changes prevented you from being able to see this dialog.


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9 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.





OPTION THREE

Change Display Resolution in NVIDIA Control Panel


This option is only available if you have NVIDIA graphics and drivers installed.


1 Open the NVIDIA Control Panel.

2 Click/tap on the Change resolution link under Display in the left pane. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Select the display you want to change the resolution for under Select the displays you want to change on the right side, select the screen resolution you want for this display in the Resolution drop menu, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Yes in the Apply Changes dialog when prompt to confirm. (see screenshot below)

If needed, your changes will automatically revert in 20 seconds if you wait and do not click/tap on Yes before this time is up.


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5 You can now close the NVIDIA Control Panel if you like.





OPTION FOUR

Change Screen Resolution of Display in Intel Graphics Control Panel


This option is only available if you have Intel graphics and drivers installed.


1 Open the Intel Graphics Control Panel.

2 Click/tap on the Display icon. (see screenshot below)

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3 If you have more than one display connected to your computer, select the display you want to change the resolution of in the Select Display drop menu. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Select a resolution you want for this display in the Resolution drop menu, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

If needed, your changes will automatically revert in 15 seconds if you wait and do not click/tap on Yes before this time is up.


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6 You can now close the Intel Graphics Control Panel if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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