How To Check Your Screen Resolution

Screen resolution simply refers to the pixel size of your screen. Eye experts say that a bigger screen resolution is best for your eyes because it helps you see your computer screen better, with lesser strain on your eyes. It is important to find the screen resolution that is optimal for your viewing needs. The first step to adjusting your display resolution or setting your default resolution is to know how to check your screen resolution. To set your resolution or change it to a higher resolution requires you to follow these simple steps:

  1. Take a screen resolution test so that you will know what your screen resolution is.  The simplest way to do this is to check out When you get to the website, maximize your window so that it takes up your entire screen. Look at the pictures on the webpage below and find that which completely occupies your entire screen from left to right, then scroll the page down for further instructions.  Depending on how much of the picture you see on your screen from top, bottom or left to right as indicated in the instructions found on the page, you will find out whether your screen resolution is 1240x854, 1152x768, 1024x768, 800x600 or 640x480.
  2. Change your screen set to the pixel size that helps you see the screen the best. Bigger is better, because it is less strain on your eyes, but this may not be good for near-sighted people for instance. How to change your screen resolution depends on the operating system you are using for your computer.  There is no need to look elsewhere because this article will help you change the resolution of your screen whatever your operating system is.

  • If you are using Windows XP, right click your desktop, then “properties,” then the “settings” tab.  Look for the slider under “screen resolution”.  Adjust the resolution by dragging the arrow on the slider, click “ok” then click “cancel” when you’re done so as to close your window.
  • If you are using Windows Vista, follow the same steps. 
  • For Windows 2000 NT, ME, and 98, click the “Start” button on your screen. Choose Settings” to click to the control panel.  Double-click “Display,” select the Settings tab and adjust the resolution accordingly. Press the Test button if you have it so you can test the screen. Click “ok”. Also click “ok” when you receive a reboot prompt. 
  • For Macintosh 9.x users, select Control Panels from the Apple menu. The Monitors&Sound or Monitors will appear. For the Monitors & Sound, first you must open the Monitor icon to select your desired resolution and your screen resolution should adjust automatically. Close the window when you are done. If “Monitors” option appears, set the “Show” pull-down menu to “Recommended” then select your desired resolution. Again, your screen resolution should change automatically. When it does, you may close the  window.

Voila! You just learned how to check your screen resolution and change it without sweating it out.


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