3 Ways To Change Screen Resolution In Windows 10/11

Screen resolution is a set of two numbers illustrating the number of pixels spread on our screen, horizontally and vertically. When the resolution increases on an existing screen, the items look smaller, due to increased pixels. Learn all the different ways to adjust your screen’s resolution.

Change screen resolution Windows 11 10

Screen resolution is an important metric to consider when buying a PC. This is because the screen resolution is responsible for displaying the text, images, and videos on the screen with clarity. Usually, the higher the resolution, the clear the text and images on the screen.

In this article, we will discuss different ways to change screen resolution in Windows 11/10. But before that, let’s see how we can check the current resolution.

Quick Method: The quickest way to adjust your screen’s resolution is from the Settings app. Go to Settings >> System >> Display, expand the drop-down menu under “Display resolution,” and then select the desired resolution from the drop-down menu.

What is Screen Resolution?

Technically speaking, screen resolution is the number of pixels spread across the screen horizontally and vertically. It is denoted by two numbers. The first number represents the total number of pixels horizontally. and the second number represents the total number of pixels vertically.

Screen Resolutions
Different screen resolutions

For example, if I say that my screen resolution is 1920 x 1080, this means that my monitor is showing 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically. By the way, the 1920 x 1080 resolution is also known as 1080p.

How to Check the Current Screen Resolution in Windows

The easiest way to check your screen resolution is to open the following website:

http://whatismyscreenresolution.net/

This will display your current screen resolution. This can work on many devices including a PC, laptop, mobile phone, and tablet. The only problem I found in this approach was when I increased the scale and layout size of the text in Windows to more than 100%.

Check screen resolution
Check screen resolution

To make sure you know the exact screen resolution of your system, you should follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the following:

    Settings app >> System >> Display
  2. Here you can see the current screen resolution under “Display resolution.”

    Check current display resolution
    Check current display resolution

Now let’s discuss how to change the screen resolution using different ways.

Change Screen Resolution using Windows Settings

This is the default and perhaps the easiest way that Windows provides to change the screen resolution. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the following:

    Settings app >> System >> Display
  2. Click on the drop-down menu under “Display resolution” to expand it.

    Expand resolution settings
    Expand resolution settings

    The resolution dropbox will show all the compatible resolutions. Windows also show the recommended screen resolution according to your monitor compatibility and refresh rate. These are preset sizes and can’t be changed or customized

  3. Select the screen resolution which suits your needs.

    Select a screen resolution
    Select a screen resolution
  4. After selecting your desired resolution, hit the “Keep changes” button.

    Keep the new resolution settings
    Keep the new resolution settings

    Windows will give you 15 seconds to check the new resolution. If it creates any issues, you can revert within the 15-second timeframe by clicking the Revert button. Otherwise, press the Keep Changes button. After that, the new resolution takes effect permanently

Change Screen Resolution using Command Prompt

The Windows OS does not give any option to change screen resolution using the Command Prompt. But there is a utility called “QRes” that can be used for this purpose. It also supports screen resolutions that are incompatible with your monitor.

Since it is totally up to you how you configure it, you should use this utility with care. It is only meant for advanced users. Follow these steps to use QRes and adjust the screen resolution:

  1. Download QRes from this link:

    3 Ways To Change Screen Resolution In Windows 10/11 1  Download QRes.zip (4.5 KiB, 15,274 hits)

  2. Extract QRes.exe from the zip file and place it in “C:\Windows\System32” for easier and direct access from the command line.

    Extract QRes
    Extract QRes

    When asked for an extraction directory, select “C:\Windows\System32.”

  3. Now launch an elevated Command Prompt.

  4. Now use the following cmdlets according to the screen resolution that you want to set:

    • qres.exe /x:1920

      Changes resolution to 1920 x 1080.

    • qres.exe /x 1280 /y 1024

      Changes resolution to 1280 x 1024.

    Change screen resolution using Qres
    Change screen resolution using QRes

    You may modify the resolution values according to your preferences.

Everything depends upon your monitor and graphics card quality. If the resolution is supported, it will be applied and the changes will be instantaneous.

Change Screen Resolution using HotKey Resolution Changer

Hotkey Resolution Changer
Hotkey Resolution Changer

Hotkey Resolution Changer (HRC) is a simple software that sits in your system tray. You can open HRC and immediately change the screen resolution. This is very useful for those who frequently need to change their resolutions.

Follow these steps to download and use HRC to change your screen’s resolution:

  1. Download Hotkey Resolution Changer by clicking on the link below:

    3 Ways To Change Screen Resolution In Windows 10/11 1  Download Hotkey Resolution Changer (471.6 KiB, 9,607 hits)

  2. Extract the contents of the zipped file.

    Extract HRC
    Extract HRC
  3. Run the HRC application.

    When you open Hotkey Resolution Changer, it will give you a warning dialog that if the display gets stuck you should use the following forced revert shortcut key:

    CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + R

  4. Click Ok.

    Click Ok
    Click Ok
  5. Now click the HRC icon from the Quick Access menu to open it.

    Open HRC
    Open HRC
  6. Select the number of hotkeys you want to configure.

    Select the number of hotkleys to set
    Select the number of hotkeys to set

    Pressing each hotkey combination will change the resolution to a preselected one.

  7. Now choose a resolution to check associated with each hotkey, then set a hotkey for it.

    Configure hotkeys and resolutions
    Configure hotkeys and resolutions

    Configure all the resolutions and their associated hotkeys.

  8. When done, press the respective hotkey to set the preselected screen resolution.

You can create multiple shortcut key combinations to instantly change the screen resolution using the keyboard shortcut.

Conclusion

I hope this has been informative for you and that you have learned different ways to change the screen resolution of your computer. Each method given in this post can be applied according to specific requirements.

Which method is your favorite? Have we missed any quick way to change the screen resolution in Windows? We’d love to have your thoughts in the comments below.

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Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

7 Comments

  1. Bilal Abo Jaib says:

    I can’t see the HD quality (1920×1080)

  2. Hi, thanks for sharing this tool, this is just what I’ve been looking for.

    However, when I switch to a resolution with a different aspect ratio (Res 1: 3440×1440, Res 2: 1920×1080), the picture is stretched across the screen, whereas if I make the change in Windows’ display settings, it properly scales and puts black bars on the sides.

    Is there a fix for this in HRC? Thanks!

  3. It works ! oh man Its so nice being able to switch between two resolutions. Since I use 1440p for gaming and 4k for regular use.

  4. Flash Vinnig says:

    yep hot key or res does not work in windows shoot!

  5. Hotkey Resolution Changer No longer seems to work on windows 10 :(

  6. How is it possible that I dont see the option to change resolution to 1920×1080 on my laptop especially when using hotkey resolution changer??

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