How to Change Display Refresh Rate on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change their monitor refresh rate when using Windows 11. Windows allows users to change or adjust their display refresh rate. A refresh rate of a display is the number of times per second that the image refreshes on the screen.

An optimal refresh rate determines how smoothly motion appears on your screen. For those playing games with fast-moving actions, a higher refresh rate can help improve their overall gaming experience.

Windows automatically selects the best refresh rate for your display. In most cases, an average user should not even be bothered with adjusting their display refresh rate. However, those using their PCs for other activities like games, and watching movies can change their refresh rate to enhance their experience.

A higher refresh rate will consume more power and reduce battery life because it uses more power. So be aware of that, especially laptop users.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features with new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started with changing your display refresh rate on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to change your display refresh rate on Windows 11

Adjusting the display refresh rate may help enhance your experience when playing games with fast-moving actions or watching movies that require higher refresh rate. Whatever your reason, Windows allows you to adjust your computer display refresh rate from the 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, then select Display on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Display settings pane, under Related settings, click Advanced display as highlighted below.

On the Advanced display settings pane, use the drop-down option to choose a different refresh rate for your display.

As mentioned above, a higher rate gives smoother motion, but also uses more power.

Once you change or choose a different rate, Windows will you to Keep changes and start using the new rate or Revert back and go back to your previously set refresh rate.

That’s should be it.


This post showed you how to choose a different refresh rate than the one Windows automatically selected. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.