Screen resolution stands for how many pixels (or dots) your monitor renders vertically and horizontally. If you don’t change UI scaling, the higher resolution you set, the smaller UI becomes (do not change the screen resolution to make things bigger, though). Also, incorrect resolution may be the reason why your screen appears blurry or has some weird black borders around the picture. Setting correct screen resolution in Windows 10 is the key to get the best picture possible. Are you new to Windows 10? In this post, you will learn how to change screen resolution in Windows 10.
Before you go, consider the following moments we recommend when changing screen resolution in Windows 10.
- Rule of the thumb: always use such thing called “native monitor resolution”. This parameter defines how many physical dots or pixels your monitor can render. In order to get the best picture possible, screen resolution in Windows 10 should match native screen resolution in your monitor. How to find native screen resolution? Check your monitor user guide or just google it.
- Second, always keep your GPU drivers up to date. Missing GPU drivers may be the reason why you can’t set a proper screen resolution in Windows 10. For example, native screen resolution may be missing within the Windows’ settings if you don’t have a proper GPU driver. That is the first place where you should start when troubleshooting screen resolution issues.
Change Screen Resolution in Windows 10
Changing the screen resolution procedure in Windows 10 is the same no matter what GPU you are using. It is also worth to mention that GPU utilities from both AMD and NVIDIA allow you to change screen resolution in Windows 10 and even create custom monitor resolution. We will cover it down below this article.
- Hit Win + I on your keyboard and go to System – Display. Here’s a pro tip: press Win + R and enter ms-settings:display to go in there faster.
- What you need is called the Scale and layout section. Look for the Display resolution drop-down menu. Click on it and select the one you need. Here’s another tip: Windows determines the best resolution for your current monitor and marks it with the Recommended label. If Windows recommends you incorrect resolution, then there must be something wrong with your GPU or drivers.
- Press Keep the Changes to save selected resolution or Revert to go back to the previous. If you ignore this prompt, Windows will automatically revert itself to the previous monitor resolution.
If you use several monitors connected to the one PC, the first thing you need to do is to click on the monitor you want to change resolution then scroll down and change the Display Resolution parameter. Don’t know which monitor to select? Hit Define and Windows will show you the number of each monitor. Very convenient.
In the older versions of Windows 10, there was a way to change screen resolution using the Control Panel. Microsoft ditched that section and when you try to go in there, system redirects you to the modern Settings app.
How to Change Screen Resolution in Windows 10 using AMD or Nvidia Settings?
If your GPU operates properly and uses the matching driver, there is no need to use Radeon Settings or Nvidia Control Panel to change screen resolution in Windows 10. Still, for the sake of completeness of this article, we will show you how to do that.
Changing Screen Resolution on AMD GPU
You can only select custom screen resolution in Windows 10 using Radeon Settings. AMD thinks there’s no need to duplicate the built-in system functionality, so they only give you an option to select a custom resolution for your PC. Here is how to do that.
- Right-click an empty space on your desktop and press Radeon Settings.
- In the upper part of the windows, click Display.
- Next, press Add next to the Custom Resolutions section.
- Enter the parameters you need and click Save. We should warn you that if you do not know what all these parameters mean, then you probably shouldn’t mess around with custom resolution. Change the only thing you know how they work and only if you know why you do this and how to revert everything. We assume 99% of users shouldn’t use custom resolutions at all. Just stick to defaults you can select in Windows Settings.
Change Screen Resolution on Nvidia GPU
In contrast to AMD, Nvidia Control Panel allows you to select one of the predefined resolutions or create your very own custom resolution. It does not matter where you select a native resolution for your monitor. If you do it from the Nvidia Control Panel, Windows follows the settings you set and vice-versa.
For your information: if your laptop is equipped with Intel processor and Nvidia GPU, then you won’t be able to change screen resolution within Nvidia Control Panel. These settings simply won’t appear in there. Use Windows Settings or Intel Graphics Options to change the screen resolution or create custom screen resolution.
- Again, right-click any blank space on your desktop and select Nvidia Control Panel.
- In the left sidebar, go to Display – Change resolution.
- Select the one you need. The best is marked with Native label.
- Click Apply.