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How To Adjust Your Screen Resolution In Windows

Step-by-step guide to adjusting your screen resolution

In the old days of PCs, screen resolution wasn't really an issue. Your PC came with a video card that had the screen resolution preset to a specific (and unchangeable) setting. 

Then along came MS Windows and more advanced video cards that offered you the ability to change the screen resolution.

All of a sudden you had a choice: You could opt to stay with the standard 640 pixels x 480 pixels setting, or if your eyesight was incredibly good you could switch to 800x600 and see more information on the screen without scrolling.

Modern video cards and monitors give you several choices in screen resolutions, all the way from 640x480 all the way up to 1280x1024 and higher! With ever increasing monitor sizes, we can use higher screen resolutions to see more and more information on our computer screens!

But in order to take advantage of these higher screen resolutions, we have to configure Windows and our video hardware to use them. Here's how:

  1. Minimize any open programs to display the desktop
  2. Right click on a blank area of the desktop 
  3. Click Properties 
  4. Click Settings 
  5. Move the slider bar to the screen resolution of 
    your choice
  6. Click Ok. (Your screen may go black for a moment.) 
  7. You might be prompted whether or not you want 
    to keep the new screen resolution. If so, click Yes or No.
If you're unhappy with the new screen resolution, just repeat the process and try a different one!

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