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Change the Screen Resolution for a Monitor in Windows 8

There are times where Windows doesn’t correctly provide the maximum or native resolutions of our monitors. When this happens, the resolution settings need to be adjusted.

Adjust the Resolution Settings in Windows 8

  1. Log into a PC if not already, and then navigate to the start menu.

  2. Click the Deskop tile in the Start menu.

  3. Right click the desktop background to bring up the menu, and then select Screen resolution.

  4. The Screen Resolution menu opens. The following drop-down options will be available:
    • Display
    • Resolution
    • Orientation
    Note: If you have multiple displays connected, there will be an additional drop down called "Multiple Displays." Ignore this for now, if you have multiple monitors connected.

  5. Select Resolution in the drop-down. It contains a slide bar that is dragged up and down to change the resolution of the monitor. Slide the bar up to increase the resolution and down to decrease it.

    Note: Not all computers are capable of supporting all resolutions. Check your computer manual and video card documentation if higher resolutions are not available.

  6. Select the resolution you desire and then click Apply at the bottom of the window.

  7. There will be a 15 second period for you to confirm that the desired resolution does display correctly.
    Select Keep Changes to make the resolution change permanent, or Revert to return to the previous settings.

  8. Click OK to close the window.
    If you want to make any more changes, make sure to click Apply to save the changes before clicking OK.

    Note: These settings sometimes do not carry over with some full screen apps and programs, such as games. To resolve this, set the resolution in the app or program's setting menu to match the same resolution you just set in Windows.

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