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Change screen resolution in Windows 7

The "screen resolution" of your monitor (display) determines the amount of things (pixels) you can see at once in Windows 7: the larger the screen resolution, the more things you see, but the tinier they become. For an enjoyable experience, and to avoid eye strain, finding the perfect screen resolution is important, and depends on your sight, the distance at which you seat from your monitor, and the type of work you do on your computer. In this tutorial, we will explain how to change your screen resolution for one display and for multiple monitors.


Change the screen resolution of a single monitor

In most cases, you will only have one monitor connected to your computer, which is the simplest setup. To change your current screen resolution, follow these simple steps:

Tip: if you forget how to access screen resolution settings in the Control Panel, just remember that you can also type "screen resolution" in the start menu's search field, and Windows 7 will display as the top result an "Adjust screen resolution" link - clicking on it brings up the same screen we just discussed above.

Use different screen resolutions for multiple monitors (displays)

Changing your screen resolution in Windows 7 for different monitors is actually a breeze: simply click on the monitor whose screen resolution you want to change, and change it (then click Apply and Yes to test and accept the new setting). Then, select the second monitor icon, and do the same: you do not need to have the same screen resolution on both monitors (fortunately!)

Additional and custom screen resolutions

When you are in the "Change the appearance of your display" screen, you can click on the "Advanced settings" link to open your video card's (graphics card's) configuration, usually shown with a tab with icon: (likely to read the name of an "NVIDIA" or "ATI" card model, or something like "Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver" - etc.)

Advanced screen resolution and graphics card settings
A button on your video card's tab will generally be visible, and allow you to access more advanced screen resolution settings and additional resolutions, and sometimes give you the ability to create your own custom screen resolution! (Handle with care, make sure an advanced user is present to help you.)

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