How To Adjust Computer Screen Resolution

Optimise the Level of Detail You See on Your Computer Screen

Touching computer screen

Your computer screen is made up from a whole set of 'dots', like a newspaper photograph. The greater the number of dots (per inch) the higher the resolution, which is controlled in Windows by - Display Properties > Settings.

  1. Right mouse click on the screen wall paper (background) for the easiest route to Display Properties. Select properties from the popup menu - usually the last option in the list. The 'Display Properties' dialog box has a number of 'tabs' across the top for different aspects of screen appearance. You will probably see tabs for: Themes, Desktop, Screen Saver, Appearance, Settings
  2. Choose 'Settings' and look about halfway down on the left hand side of the display pane for 'Screen resolution' under which should be a slider control ' Less ----------- More ', under this slider you should see resolution figures, and the slider allows user setting - e.g. 800 by 600 pixels, 1280 by 1024 pixels etc. Alternatively you can access Display Properties from the Control Panel, via the Start button.
  3. Use your mouse to drag the slider left or right, alternatively click the scale to the left or right of the existing pointer place to move the pointer in the direction in which you click. Windows tries to offer you settings available for your hardware.
  4. Moving the slider left, towards 'Less' will make screen images appear larger (taking up more of the screen as you lower the resolution).
  5. Moving the slider control to the right, towards 'More' will make screen images appear smaller (so they take up less screen space, as you increase the resolution).
  6. Click the lower right hand control box to 'Apply' these settings. Windows then takes over and Win XP or Vista gives you a few seconds to accept the new resolution.
  7. Not enough detail or too little on screen? Cancel the choice or allow windows to revert automatically after some 30 seconds.
  8. Like the new settings? Click the 'accept' option and give it a try. You can always change back if you find it is not suitable for your needs later.


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thanks Mary

By Rik Whittaker

Sometimes, these are simple things but for many of us who are not computer experts, your article is helpful.

By Mary Norton