Tech Tip: Choose the right display resolution

Screen resolutionThe resolution of your computer monitor affects both the size of objects displayed on your computer screen and how clear they appear to you. Resolution is a measurement of the number of horizontal and vertical pixels used to display content on the screen. As the resolution gets higher, more content can be displayed on the screen at a time. The content may also appear clearer. Higher resolution does not mean a bigger picture though. In fact a higher resolution actually makes displayed objects appear smaller on the screen and there is more space to display content.

Computers come with a recommended resolution setting but you can change this to suit your personal preference.If you would like content to be bigger decrease your resolution. If you would like content to be smaller increase your resolution. You can find details of how to do this below.

In Windows 7/Vista:

  • right click on the desktop
  • click Personalize
  • click Display (bottom left of screen)
  • click adjust resolution
  • select a resolution from the Resolution drop down menu.
  • Click Apply

In Windows XP:

  • right click on the desktop,
  • click Properties
  • click Settings tab
  • move the resolution slider
  • click Apply

Sources:

Change your monitor resolution (Windows Vista/7)

Change your monitor resolution (Windows XP)

 

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