Change Video Settings or Improve Text in Windows 10


Change Video Settings or Improve Text in Windows 10



Refer to each section for information on how to change video settings or improve text in Windows 10.


Table of Contents:

  1. Set or Change the Screen Resolution
  2. Adjust the Refresh Rate
  3. Change the size of Fonts and Icons
  4. Turn ClearType On

Select the appropriate link below for help with another Operating System.


Set or Change the Screen Resolution

The screen resolution of a monitor determines how much information is displayed on the screen. It is measured horizontally and vertically in pixels. At lower screen resolutions such as 640 x 480, fewer items will fit the screen but they will appear larger. At higher resolutions such as 1900 x 1080, more items will fit the screen but they will appear smaller.

The resolution modes will vary with each display based on the video card, monitor size, video driver and monitor driver where applicable.

By default, Windows 10 will chose the best display settings for your computer based on the monitor and video drivers installed. You can change the screen resolution manually for each monitor that is connected to your computer.

  • Changes to Screen Resolution of the monitor will be applied across all user accounts no matter which user has changed it.
  • Monitors can support resolutions that are lower than their native resolutions, but text won't look sharp.
  • Accessing Windows Store to download and run Windows apps requires you configure your monitor/s to at least 1024 x 768.

Change the Screen Resolution in Settings app

It is recommended that you chose the Native Resolution, usually noted as (Recommended) for optimal resolution.

  1. Right-click an empty area on your desktop, and click Display Settings.
  2. Click on Display on the left pane.
  3. In the right pane, scroll down and click on Advanced display settings link.
  4. If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, then select the monitor that you want to change the screen resolution of.
  5. In the Resolution drop-down menu, select a screen resolution (ex: 1920 x 1080) that you want for the selected monitor.
    It is recommended that you chose the Native Resolution, usually noted as (Recommended) for optimal resolution.
  6. Click Apply.
    You will have 15 seconds to select Keep Changes or Revert before it will automatically revert back to the previous settings.
  7. If the selected screen resolution mode is optimal, click Keep Changes (Figure 1).

    Figure 1: Keep Changes
  8. If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer and would like to change the screen resolution of another monitor, then repeat Steps 4 - 7.

Change the Screen Resolution in Control Panel

It is recommended that you chose the Native Resolution, usually noted as (Recommended) for optimal resolution.
  1. Right-click on Windows button.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Adjust Screen Resolution under Appearance and Personalization (Figure 2).

    Figure 2: Appearance and Personalization
  4. If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, then select the monitor that you want to change the screen resolution of.
  5. In the Resolution drop-down menu, select a screen resolution (ex: 1920 x 1080) that you want for the selected monitor.
    It is recommended that you chose the Native Resolution suggested by Windows which is usually noted as (Recommended) for optimal resolution.
  6. Click Apply.
    You will have 15 seconds to select Keep Changes or Revert before it will automatically revert back to the previous settings.
  7. If the selected screen resolution mode is optimal, click Keep Changes (Figure 3).

    Figure 3: Keep Changes
  8. If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer and would like to change the screen resolution of another monitor, then repeat Steps 4 - 7.
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Adjust the Refresh Rate

  1. Right-click an empty area on your desktop, and click Display Settings.
  2. Click Display on the left pane.
  3. In the right pane, scroll down and click on Advanced display settings link.
  4. If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer, select the monitor that you want to change the refresh rate of and scroll down to the bottom, click Display adapter properties.
  5. In the Display adapter properties window, select the Monitor (Figure 4) tab.

    Figure 4: Screen Refresh Rate
  6. Select the required Refresh Rate for your monitor and click OK.
  7. If the selected Refresh Rate is optimal, click Keep Changes.
  8. If you have more than one monitor connected to your computer and would like to change the screen resolution of another monitor, then repeat Steps 4 - 7.
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Change the size of Fonts and Icons (Change DPI Scaling Level)

Windows ensures that everything appears on the screen at a useable and consistent size by instructing applications to resize their content by a scale factor. Most desktop monitors and notebook LCD's are usually in the range of 95-110 DPI, Windows sets a scale factor of 100% by default.

When you change the DPI scaling level for your monitor, it changes the size of text, apps and other items to appear larger or smaller. A higher DPI level has everything appear larger, and a lower DPI level has everything appear smaller.

Change DPI Scaling Level Per Display in Settings app

  1. Save all open documents and close all open windows.
  2. Right-click an empty area on your desktop, and click Display Settings.
  3. Click on Display on the left pane.
  4. If you have more than one display connected to your computer, then select a monitor in the right pane that you want to change the DPI of.
  5. Under Change the size of text, apps and other items (Figure 5), move the slider left or right to the DPI percentage you want to set for that monitor.

    Figure 5: Change the size of text, apps and other items.
  6. Click on Apply.
  7. If the selected DPI is optimal for your usage, click on Sign out now (Figure 6) for the settings to take effect.

    Figure 6: Sign Out Prompt

Change DPI Scaling Level Per Display in Control Panel

  1. Save all open documents and close all open windows.
  2. Right-click on Windows Start button.
  3. Open Control Panel.
  4. Click Adjust Screen Resolution under Appearance and Personalization.
  5. Click Make text and other items larger or smaller (Figure 7).

    Figure 7: Change the appearance of your displays
  6. Under Change size of Items, click on Set a custom scaling level (Figure 8) link.

    Figure 8: Set a custom scaling level
  7. You can either drag left or right across the ruler or choose a scaling percentage in the drop-down menu (Figure 9) and click OK.

    Figure 9: DPI Size
  8. Click Apply.
  9. If the selected DPI is optimal for your usage, click on Sign out now (Figure 10) for the settings to take effect.

    Figure 10: Sign Out Prompt
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Turn ClearType On

ClearType adjust how text appears on your screen through a series of interactive options.

  1. Press and hold the Windows (Windows Button) key, and then press the q key.
  2. In the Search box type cleartype.
  3. In the search results list, touch or click Adjust ClearType text (Control panel).
  4. Make sure the check box to the left of Turn on ClearType, is checked, and then touch or click Next.
  5. Select whether you want to tune all (when you have more than one) or just one monitor, and then touch or click Next.
  6. You will be asked which sets of text looks the best, just follow the prompts.
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Monitor Support page More information and support for your Dell monitor, laptop or tablet screen can be found on our Monitor Support site.







Article ID: SLN297871

Last Date Modified: 03/20/2020 11:12 AM

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