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Published on 01.17.06 by Brent Trahan

Adjust Your Screen Resolution

This post will teach you about your monitors screen resolution and how to change it. Before you change your screen resolution you need to know a few basic things about it. Your screen resolution is shown as the number of columns by the number of rows (800×600). The higher the screen resolution the smaller your […]

This post will teach you about your monitors screen resolution and how to change it.

Before you change your screen resolution you need to know a few basic things about it. Your screen resolution is shown as the number of columns by the number of rows (800×600). The higher the screen resolution the smaller your screen appears. You might be wandering “Why would I want my screen to look smaller?” Well… the advantage of having a higher screen resolution is you can fit more “stuff” on your screen. Let me show you an example.

Below are two screen shots of this website. The first is at a screen resolution of 800×600 and the second is at a screen resolution of 1280×1024.

800×600

1280×1024

Notice how the higher resolution screen shot is able to fit much more content on the screen.

Most people use a screen resolution of 1024×768. Using a screen resolution any lower than 1024×768 will cause your screen to look blurry and websites will not show up properly on your screen. I’ve noticed most “older” computer users won’t go any higher than a 800×600 screen resolution. They don’t realize that their screen will be much sharper and easy to read if they move to a higher screen resolution.

Another thing worth noting is many flat panel monitors (LCD) are set to display the screen in a native screen resolution. A native screen resolution is the screen resolution the monitor will show it’s best quality view. If you set a LCD monitor at a lower screen resolution it will show up very blurry. Be sure you read your LCD monitors manual to see what its native screen resolution is.

Changing your screen resolution is very easy. Minimize or close all of your open windows until you see your desktop. Right-click anywhere there is empty space on your desktop and select Properties. The Display Properties box will open. Click on the Settings tab. Now the Display Properties box should look similar to the one below.

Just below where it says Screen Resolution is a bar with a little down arrow thing. If you click with your left mouse button and move the arrow thing left or right while holding the left mouse button down you can change your screen resolution.

Once you’ve set your new screen resolution, click OK. When you click OK your screen will probably turn off and then turn back on with the new screen resolution. When the screen turns back on there will be a message asking if you want to keep the new setting. If your screen turns off and doesn’t come back on, don’t panic. After 30 seconds of you not accepting the new settings it will go back to your old screen resolution.

Play with your screen resolution and find the best one for you.

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  1. b0r3d h3lp3r says:

    worked 4 me

  2. Jim says:

    It doesn’t work it just goes back to 800 by 600. What can I do.

  3. Brent Trahan says:

    Update your video drivers.

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