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Is your Windows 10 computer’s screen looking a bit wonky? Did you plug in a new monitor that isn’t working as intended? You might need to adjust your screen resolution. Here’s how.

To get started, click on the “Windows” button located in the bottom left of your desktop. If the taskbar has been moved, the button might be found on one of the other edges of the display.

Alternatively, you can press the “Windows” button on your keyboard.

Microsoft Windows 10 Start Menu Button

Next, type in “Display settings.” Click on the option that appears under “Best match.”

Microsoft Windows 10 Start Menu Display Settings

Near the bottom of this menu, you will find a section labeled “Resolution.” Click on the arrow next to the resolution that’s currently set to see a drop-down of available options. Select the resolution that you believe best fits your needs.

Microsoft Windows 10 Change Resolution

Note: Windows does its best to detect the optimal resolution for the monitor that’s plugged in. The operating system marks this resolution as the “Recommended” option.

The moment you click on one of the options, your display will adjust to match the selected resolution. If things look as good as they should, choose “Keep changes.” If the resolution is messed up, click “Revert” to be taken back to the previous resolution.

Microsoft Windows 10 Change Screen Resolution Keep or Revert Changes

If you don’t make a selection within 15 seconds, Windows will revert the change. The timer is primarily there to switch back to the previous display settings in case the selection made it impossible to read what was on the display.

Changing your screen resolution on Windows 10 is as easy as that. Microsoft does its best to guess what works best, but sometimes it needs a little assistance.

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