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Windows 7 - Changing Your Screen Resolution

Having your monitor set to the correct resolution is essential, especially on flat-panel displays which almost all computers use these days. The screen resolution determines the size of everything you see on your computer. All flat-screen monitors have what is called a 'native resolution.' This is the resolution that the screen is designed to display. Screen resolution is given in the form of width by height of the display area of the screen in pixels. Windows 7 often automatically changes the screen resolution to the native resolution of the monitor so, in most cases, you won't need to change it. The screen resolution will also change when you run full-screen games, but the resolution will be configurable by using the settings in that game rather than in Windows itself.

1 – Changing the Resolution
To change the screen resolution, right-click anywhere on an unoccupied area of your desktop and click "Screen resolution." You can also access this feature by clicking the link "Adjust screen resolution" under the "Appearance and Personalization" section of the control panel.
You'll see an image of your monitor with the number '1' written on it. If you have multiple monitors attached to your computer, they'll also be displayed and numbered. From the drop-down box beside "Resolution," choose the recommended setting. If you are using multiple monitors, you will need to select the monitor you want to modify from the tiles above. When you're done, click "OK" to continue.

2 – Changing the Font Size
If you find that the recommended (native) resolution of your monitor makes the text too small to look at comfortably, click on the link "Make text and other items larger or smaller." Select the radio box "Medium" or choose a custom text size by clicking "Set custom text size (DPI)" to the left. Choose the percentage you want to display and click "OK." You'll need to log out and log back in again for the changes to take effect.

2 – Troubleshooting
If the native resolution of your monitor is unavailable or, for example, you only see 4:3 screen resolutions available even though you're using a widescreen, it almost certainly indicates a problem with your graphics card drivers. To remedy this, download and install the latest graphics drivers for your computer from the manufacturer's website. You'll need to restart your computer afterwards. Without proper graphics card drivers installed, your computer's display will look blurry and low quality.


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