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How to Change your monitor resolution settings
Posted by Lester Pearson Support on 14 September 2010 07:28 AM
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How to Change your monitor resolution settings

Most of our Online and CD-ROM multimedia products were designed to run best on a monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. If you ever find yourself having trouble reading text on your monitor screen or want to fit more windows on your desktop, you can fix this by changing the resolution of your monitor. Changing the resolution changes the size of your computer desktop.

Windows 7 Users
  1. Open Screen Resolution by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking Adjust screen resolution.

  2. Click the drop-down list next to Resolution, move the slider to the resolution you want, and then click Apply.

  3. Click Keep to use the new resolution, or click Revert to go back to the previous resolution.

 

Picture of resolution options in Screen ResolutionScreen Resolution in Control Panel shows the recommended resolution for your monitor.


Windows Vista users
  1. Open Display Settings by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, clicking Personalization, and then clicking Display Settings.

  2. Under Resolution, move the slider to the resolution you want, and then click Apply.


Windows XP users


1.

Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.

Desktop Options menu with Properties selected

2.

In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.

3.

Drag the Screen resolution slider to the left to decrease the resolution of your monitor, making text and pictures appear larger. Or drag the Screen resolution slider to the right to increase your monitor’s resolution, making text and pictures appear smaller.

Settings tab on Display Properties dialog box, with pointer on Screen resolution slider

4.

Click Apply to have the new resolution take effect.

Settings tab on Display Properties dialog box, with pointer on Apply button

5.

If the Monitor Settings dialog box appears, look at your display. If you like the new resolution, click Yes. If you do not like the resolution, click No, and return to step 3 to try a different resolution.

6.

Click OK.

Settings tab on Display Properties dialog box, with pointer on OK button

Microsoft Windows XP changes the resolution to the settings you chose.


Mac OSX
  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your menu bar and select "System Preferences."
  2. Select "Displays."
  3. Check the box that says "Show displays in menu bar." This will add a monitor icon to the right side of the menu bar.
  4. Locate the monitor icon on the top right of your screen on the menu bar.
  5. Click on the "Monitor" icon. This will bring up a menu with several options.
  6. Select your desired screen resolution. OSX will change the display resolution on its own.
  7. To quickly switch between resolutions, you can just select one, and OSX will change it immediately.
  8. You can also access the "Display Preferences" screen from here without going through the "System Preferences" window.

Keywords: monitor, display, resolution

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