Screen Resolution

August 6, 2009

Screen, or display resolution is a term used to describe a setting in Windows that specifies how things will be displayed on  your computer screen. It specifies the size and quality of what is displayed on the screen. It is specified in two numbers. Height and width. These numbers are each in pixels.

A common screen resolution for a screen that is not a wide screen monitor is 1024 x 768. 1024 is the width while 768 is the height. Widescreen monitors are wider, so the first number is even bigger in comparison to a non-widescreen monitor. 1440 x 900 is a typical screen resolution for a widescreen monitor.

When it comes to display resolution, the higher the numbers, the smaller things will be, but the more stuff will fit on the screen at one time. And the lower the numbers, the bigger things will be and the less stuff will fit on the screen and you will find yourself scrolling left and right and up and down a lot.

If your eyesight isn’t too good, or you find yourself straining to read what’s on your computer screen, try lowering  your screen resolution. For example, if your screen resolution is 1024×768, try lowering it to 800×600. You can always change it back if you don’t like it.

Something else to be aware of is that just because Windows will let you change your screen resolution to a really high number, doesn’t mean your monitor can handle that resolution. If you change the resolution to something and your monitor goes black, that means your monitor can’t handle that resolution. But don’t worry. Just wait 15 seconds and it will revert back and you can try another resolution.

The flat screen monitors we have today usually have what is called a native resolution. This is the recommended resolution. It doesn’t mean you have to use that resolution. It just means that what the monitor was designed for. It will still work at other resolutions.

If you select the wrong resolution it can make things look distorted. Words and pictures might look stretched or squeezed. Or you may not be able to see everything on the screen.

To change the screen resolution on your computer, use the following steps:

XP

o   Click on Start and then Control Panel

o   Double-click on Display.

o   Click on the settings tab

o   Move the slider to the desired screen resolution and click apply.

o   Windows will change the resolution and ask you to confirm you want to keep it. If you want to keep it, click yes. If the screen went black or is too distorted to read, just wait and Windows will set it back to what it was before if you do not confirm.

Vista

o   Click on the button formally known as start and then click on Control Panel

o   Type the word: display

o   Now click on “Change display settings”

o   Move the slider to the desired screen resolution and click apply.

o   Windows will change the resolution and ask you to confirm you want to keep it. If you want to keep it, click yes. If the screen went black or is too distorted to read, just wait and Windows will set it back to what it was before if you do not confirm.

It is possible to change a setting called Font Size. For example, if you have trouble reading what’s on the screen, you can keep the same screen resolution and make your font size bigger. However, we do not recommend using this setting because it totally messes up the formatting of most websites and computer applications. The best way is to just change your screen resolution.

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