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How to Change the Screen Resolution for a Monitor (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 PC if not already, and go to the start menu.


  2. Click the Desktop tile in the Start menu.



  3. Right click the desktop background to bring up the menu. Select 'Screen Resolution.'



  4. The Screen Resolution menu opens. The following drop-down options will be available:

    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.

    • Display
    • Resolution
    • Orientation


  5. Select the 'Resolution' drop-down. It contains a slide bar that is dragged up and down to change the resolution of the monitor.

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

    • Slide the bar up to increase the resolution.
    • Slide the bar down to decrease the resolution


  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 indeed 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 pressing 'OK.'


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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