Nov 30 2008

Adjust your Monitor’s Screen Resolution in Vista

Many times after replacing your monitor you will also need to adjust your screen resolution to get best picture for your screen size, or maybe you want to see what other resolutions are available to use.? What is Screen Resolution you ask?

Screen Resolution is the setting that determines how much information is displayed on the computer screen, measured horizontally and vertically in pixels. At lower screen resolutions, such as 640 x 480, fewer items fit on the screen, but they are larger. At higher resolutions, such as 1600 x 1200, more items fit on the screen but they are smaller. Screen resolutions offered are effected by your monitor size and your video card you have installed.

CRT type displays ( you know those big heavy ones) will display any resolution your video card can handle.

LCD type displays ( new style, very thin and light) These displays have a native resolution provided by the manufacturer ( check the documentation that came with your monitor) LCD monitors can technically support lower resolutions than their native resolution, but the image might be small, centered on the screen, and edged with black or the image will look stretched.

Here’s how to check or adjust your resolution.

  1. Right click an empty area on your desktop and choose Personalize.

  2. Click Display Settings.

  3. Use the slider to adjust the resolution. The highest setting will normally be the native resolultion for your LCD display, make sure you keep the colors set to 32.bit. As you move the slider you will see the monitor 1 size change. Click ok when you are finished.

  4. After you click Apply or OK your screen will blank out for a moment then display your new resolution with a dialog box asking if you want to keep the new display settings. If everything looks OK choose yes, if it doesn’t look good or you get no display at all don’t worry your display will return to the original settings after 15 seconds or so.


  5. That all there is to it.

Here are some popular display sizes and the corresponding Resolutions, Screen ratios and Pixel count

For Desktop displays.

Size Resolution Ratio Pixels
15″ 1024 x 768 4:03 0.75 MP
17″ 1280 x 768 5:03 0.94 MP
17″ 1280 x 1024 5:04 1.25 MP
17″ 1440 x 900 16:10 1.24 MP
18″ 1280 x 1024 5:04 1.25 MP
18.4″ 1366 x 768 16:09 1.0 MP
19″ 1280 x 1024 5:04 1.25 MP
19″ 1440 x 900 16:10 1.24 MP
19″ 1680 x 1050 16:10 1.68 MP
20″ 1400 x 1050 4:03 1.4 MP
20″ 1680 x 1050 16:10 1.68 MP
20.1″ 1600 x 1200 4:03 1.83 MP
21″ 1680 x 1050 16:10 1.68 MP
21.3″ 1600 x 1200 4:03 1.83 MP
22″ 1600 x 1024 25:16:00 1.56 MP
22″ 1680 x 1050 16:10 1.68 MP
22.2″ 1920 x 1200 16:10 2.2 MP
22.2″ 3840 x 2400 16:10 8.79 MP
23″ 1920 x 1200 16:10 2.2 MP
24″ 1920 x 1200 16:10 2.2 MP
26″ 1920 x 1200 16:10 2.2 MP
27″ 1920 x 1200 16:10 2.2 MP
30″ 2560 x 1600 16:10 3.91 MP
32″ 1024 x 768 4:03 0.75 MP
40″ 1024 x 768 4:03 0.75 MP

And for Laptop displays.

Size Resolution Ratio Pixels
12.1″ 800 x 600 4:03 0.46 MP
12.1″ 1024 x 768 4:03 0.75 MP
12.1″ 1280 x 768 5:03 0.94 MP
12.1″ 1280 x 800 16:10 0.98 MP
12.1″ 1400 x 1050 4:03 1.4 MP
13.3″ 1280 x 800 16:10 0.98 MP
14.1″ 1024 x 768 4:03 0.75 MP
14.1″ 1280 x 800 16:10 0.98 MP
14.1″ 1280 x 1024 5:04 1.25 MP
14.1″ 1440 x 900 16:10 1.24 MP
14.1″ 1400 x 1050 4:03 1.4 MP
15″ 1024 x 768 4:03 0.75 MP
15.2″ 1152 x 768 3:02 0.84 MP
15.4″ 1280 x 800 16:10 0.98 MP
15.2″ 1280 x 854 3:02 1.04 MP
15.4″ 1440 x 900 16:10 1.24 MP
15.2″ 1440 x 960 3:02 1.32 MP
15″ 1400 x 1050 4:03 1.4 MP
15.4″ 1680 x 1050 16:10 1.68 MP
15″ 1600 x 1200 4:03 1.83 MP
15.4″ 1920 x 1200 16:10 2.2 MP
17″ 1280 x 800 16:10 0.98 MP
17″ 1440 x 900 16:10 1.24 MP
17″ 1680 x 1050 16:10 1.68 MP
17″ 1920 x 1200 16:10 2.2 MP
20.1″ 1680 x 1050 16:10 1.68 MP

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    1. steve belson said:

      Having set up my display settings (specifically my screen resolution) via the method shown above I find that they return to a default setting whenever following any period that the laptop is allowed to hibernate. Can anyone help me avoid this?
      Thank you

      January 21st, 2009 at 6:16 am
    2. Kevin said:

      @ steve belson,
      1).Have you tried updating your video driver.

      2).turning off any screen savers.

      3). Open Task Scheduler ( All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Task Scheduler) Then go to “Task Scheduler Library/Microsoft/Windows/MobilePC” . Then disabled “TMM”

      4). Make sure you are currently in your bad resolution, and if you are not, just go to sleep for a few seconds that will do the trick

      1. Open the “Display Settings” window.
      2. Select the second small monitor (800×600)
      3. Check the “Extend the desktop onto this monitor” checkbox.
      4. The “This is my main monitor” checkbox should now be active and you need to check it.
      5. Go back to the first large monitor and check/uncheck the “Extend the desktop onto this monitor” checkbox a couple of times.
      6. And now check the “This is my main monitor” checkbox.
      7. Select your preferred resolution.
      8. Hit Apply and make sure you receive a verification window asking you if would like to keep the new resolution.

      If you don’t receive the window, repeat the entire process until you do.

      Let me know if this works for you.

      January 23rd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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