How to Change Desktop Resolution in Windows 11

This post shows students and new user steps to change or set their display resolutions when using Windows 11.

You can choose your display resolutions to control the amount of items shown on the screen. The higher the resolution, the more you can fit on a screen and the sharper items appear on the screen. The resolution is the number of dots, or pixels, the monitor displays.

You can only select resolutions that your monitor supports. Higher resolutions display more, but items on the screen appear smaller. Lower resolutions on the other hand shows larger items on the screen but less of them.

Windows will try to automatically adjust and select the best resolution for your monitor, but in some cases, the recommended resolution for your display might not be what you want. In this situation, you can choose an optimal resolution for your settings.

In some cases, programs will automatically adjust your computer monitor if they think they current configurations might not provide you the best experience. If it looks good, you can keep the settings. But this change is only temporary. Once you exist, the selected resolution will be chosen.

How to adjust display resolutions in Windows 11

Changing Windows 11 resolutions is easy, and can be done from the System settings pane.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the Search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, and Display on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

Windows will automatically select what it thinks the best resolution for your display monitor, but you don’t have to settle for it.

If your display can support a higher resolution with the best pixels and sharper image, you can select that instead.

Once the new resolutions is select and you apply your changes, you’ll be prompted with a message to either key the new change or revert back to the previous resolution. You will have 15 seconds to decide.

If you like the new resolution, click the Keep changes button. If you don’t, the Revert changes will be selected automatically.

That’s should do it!


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