Change Video Settings or Improve Text in Windows 10

Summary: Learn how to change the display or video settings in Microsoft Windows 10 on your Dell PC. Find information about how to change the screen resolution, refresh rate and size of fonts, See more

Article Content


Symptoms

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).
    SLN297871_en_US__1I_Win10_Multiple_Monitor_7_V1_TM
    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).
    SLN297871_en_US__2I_Win10_Control_Panel_CategoryView_TM_V1
    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).
    SLN297871_en_US__1I_Win10_Multiple_Monitor_7_V1_TM
    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.
Back to Top

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.
    SLN297871_en_US__4I_Win10_Refresh_Rate_TM_V1
    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.
Back to Top

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.
    SLN297871_en_US__5I_Win10_Text_Size_TM_V1
    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.
    SLN297871_en_US__6I_Win10_SignOut_Prompt_TM_V1
    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).
    SLN297871_en_US__7I_Win10_Appearance_Display_TM_V1
    Figure 7: Change the appearance of your displays
  6. Under Change size of Items, click on Set a custom scaling level (Figure 8) link.
    SLN297871_en_US__8I_Win10_Size_of_Items_TM_V1
    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.
    SLN297871_en_US__9I_Win10_Custom_DPI_TM_V1
    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.
    SLN297871_en_US__6I_Win10_SignOut_Prompt_TM_V1
    Figure 10: Sign Out Prompt
Back to Top

Turn ClearType On

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

  1. Press and hold the Windows (SLN297871_en_US__11iC_Windows_Key_BD_v4) 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.
Back to Top

SLN297871_en_US__12Monitors More information and support for your Dell monitor, laptop or tablet screen can be found on our Monitor Support site.



Article Properties


Affected Product

Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2518H, Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2518HF, Alienware 34 Monitor AW3418DW, Alienware 34 Monitor AW3418HW, Dell Crystal Monitor, Dell 2407WFP, Dell 1707FP, Dell 1708FP, Dell 1908FP, Dell 1909Wb, Dell 2007FP, Dell 2009WFP, Dell 2208WFP, Dell 2209WA, Dell 2407WFP-HC, Dell 2408WFP, Dell 2707WFP, Dell 2709W, Dell 3007WFP-HC, Dell 3008WFP, Dell AW2210, Dell AW2310, Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2521H, Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2521HF, Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2521HFA, Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2521HFL, Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2521HFLA, Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor AW2720HF, Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor AW2720HFA, Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor AW2721D, Alienware AW3420DW, Alienware 38 Curved Gaming Monitor AW3821DW, Alienware 55 OLED Monitor AW5520QF, Dell C5517H, Dell C5518QT, Dell C5519Q, Dell C7016H, Dell C7017T, Dell C7520QT, Dell C8618QT, Dell C8621QT, Dell D1901N, Dell D1918H, Dell D2015H, Dell D2015HC, Dell D2020H, Dell D2201, Dell D2215H, Dell D2215HC, Dell D2216H, Dell D2421DS, Dell D2421H, Dell D2719HGF, Dell D2720DS, Dell D2721H, Dell D3216H, Dell D3217H, Dell D3218HN, Dell Dock with Monitor Stand DS1000, Dell Dual Monitor Stand MDS19, Dell Dual Monitor Arm - MDA20, Dell Dual Monitor Stand (MDS14), Dell E157FPT, Dell E1609WFP, Dell E1709WFP, Dell E170S, Dell E1713S, Dell E1715S, Dell E178WFP, Dell E1909Wb, Dell E1909WDD, Dell E190S, Dell E1910, Dell E1910H, Dell E1911, Dell E1912H, Dell E1913, Dell E1913S, Dell E1914H, Dell E1916H, Dell E1916HE Monitor, Dell E1916HL, Dell E1916HM, Dell E1916HV, Dell E1920H, Dell E198WFP, Dell E2009WFP, Dell E2010H, Dell E2011H, Dell E2013H, Dell E2014H, Dell E2014T, Dell E2015Hv, Dell E2016, Dell E2016H, Dell E2016HL, Dell E2016HM, Dell E2016HV, Dell E2020H, Dell E2209WFP, Dell E2210, Dell E2210H, Dell E2211H, Dell E2213, Dell E2213H, Dell E2214H, Dell E2214Hv, Dell E2215HV, Dell E2216H, Dell E2216HV, Dell E2218HN, Dell E2219HN, Dell E2220H, Dell E2221HN, Dell E228WFP, Dell E2310HWFP, Dell E2311H, Dell E2313H, Dell E2314H, Dell E2316H, Dell E2318H, Dell E2318HN, Dell E2318HR, Dell E2318HX, Dell E2414H, Dell E2416H, Dell E2417H, Dell E2418HN, Dell E2420H, Dell E2420HS, Dell E2421HN, Dell E248WFP, Dell E2715H, Dell E2720H, Dell E2720HS, Dell E5515H, Dell G2210, Dell G2410, Dell IN1720, Dell IN1910NWFP, Dell IN1920, Dell IN1930, Dell IN1940MW, Dell IN2010NWFP, Dell IN2020, Dell IN2020M, Dell Dual-Monitor Stand MDS14A, Dell Micro All-in-One Stand MFS18, Dell Monitor Stand MKS14, Dell Monitor Dual Arm MDA17, Dell MR2217, Dell MR2416, Dell Small Form Factor AIO Stand OSS17, Dell P170s, Dell P190s, Dell P1911, Dell P1913, Dell P1913s, Dell P1914S, Dell P1917S, Dell P1917SWh, Dell P2010H, Dell P2011H, Dell P2012H, Dell P2014H, Dell P2016, Dell P2017H, Dell P2018H, Dell P2210, Dell P2210H, Dell P2211H, Dell P2212H, Dell P2213, Dell P2214H, Dell P2217, Dell P2217H, Dell P2217Wh, Dell P2219H, Dell P2219HC, Dell P2310H, Dell P2311H, Dell P2312H, Dell P2314H, Dell P2314T, Dell P2317H, Dell P2317HWh, Dell P2319H, Dell P2411H, Dell P2412H, Dell P2414H, Dell P2415Q, Dell P2416D, Dell P2417H, Dell P2418D, Dell P2418HT, Dell P2418HZ, Dell P2418HZm, Dell P2419H, Dell P2419HC, Dell P2421, Dell P2421D, Dell P2421DC, Dell P2714H, Dell P2714T, Dell P2715Q , Dell P2717H, Dell P2719H, Dell P2719HC, Dell P2720D, Dell P2720DC, Dell P2721Q, Dell P2815Q, Dell P3221D, Dell P3418HW, Dell P3421W, Dell P4317Q, Dell S1709WFP, Dell S1909WFP, Dell S1909WN, Dell S1909WXWFP, Dell S199WFP, Dell S2009WFP, Dell S2209WFP, Dell S2216H, Dell S2216M, Dell S2218H, Dell S2218M, Dell S2230MX, Dell S2240L, Dell S2240M, Dell S2240T 21.5 Multi-Touch Monitor with LED, Dell S2309WFP, Dell S2316H, Dell S2316M, Dell S2317HJ, Dell S2317HWI, Dell S2318H/S2318HX, Dell S2318HN/S2318NX, Dell S2318M, Dell S2319H, Dell S2319HN, Dell S2319HS, Dell S2319NX, Dell S2330MX, Dell S2340L, Dell S2340M, Dell S2340T, Dell S2409WFP, Dell S2415H, Dell S2417DG, Dell S2418H/S2418HX, Dell S2418HN/S2418NX, Dell S2419H, Dell S2419HGF, Dell S2419HM, Dell S2419HN, Dell S2419NX, Dell S2421H, Dell Gaming S2421HGF, Dell S2421HN, Dell S2421HS, Dell S2421HSX, Dell S2421NX, Dell S2440L, Dell S2715H, Dell S2716DG, Dell S2718D, Dell S2718H/S2718HX, Dell S2718HN/S2718NX, Dell S2719DC, Dell S2719DGF, Dell S2719DM, Dell S2719H, Dell S2719HN, Dell S2719HS, Dell S2719NX, Dell S2721D, Dell 27 Gaming Monitor S2721DGF, Dell S2721DGFA, Dell S2721DS, Dell S2721H, Dell Gaming S2721HGF, Dell S2721HN, Dell S2721HS, Dell S2721HSX, Dell S2721NX, Dell S2721Q, Dell S2721QS, Dell S2740L, Dell S2817Q, Dell S3219D, Dell S3220DGF, Dell S3221QS, Dell SE178WFP, Dell SE1918HV, Dell SE197FP, Dell SE198WFP, Dell SE2018HL, Dell SE2018HR, Dell SE2018HV, Dell SE2216H/SE2216HM, Dell SE2216HV, Dell SE2218HL, Dell SE2218HV, Dell SE2219H/SE2219HX, Dell SE2416H, Dell SE2416HM, Dell 24 Monitor: SE2417HG, Dell SE2417HGX, Dell SE2419H/SE2419HX, Dell SE2419HR, Dell SE2716H, Dell SE2717H, Dell SE2719H, Dell SE2719HR, Dell SE3218H, Dell Small Form Factor AIO Stand OSS21, Dell Single Arm Monitor (MSA14), Dell Single Monitor Arm MSSA18, Dell Single Monitor Arm - MSA20, Dell SP2008WFP, Dell SP2009WFP, Dell SP2208WFP, Dell SP2309WFP, Dell SP2318H, Dell SP2418H, Dell SR2220L, Dell SR2320L, Dell ST2010B, Dell ST2210B, Dell ST2220, Dell ST2220L, Dell ST2220M, Dell ST2220T, Dell ST2310, Dell ST2310B, Dell ST2320L, Dell ST2321L, Dell ST2410, Dell ST2410B, Dell ST2420L, Dell ST2421L, Dell SX2210T, Dell SX2210WFP, Dell U2211H, Dell U2212HM, Dell U2311H, Dell U2312HM, Dell U2410, Dell U2412M, Dell U2413, Dell U2414H, Dell U2415, Dell U2417H, Dell U2417HA, Dell U2417HJ, Dell U2417HWI, Dell U2419H, Dell U2419HC, Dell U2419HS, Dell U2421E, Dell U2421HE, Dell U2515H, Dell U2518D/U2518DX/U2518DR, Dell U2520D, Dell U2520DR, Dell U2711, Dell U2713H, Dell U2713HM, Dell U2715H, Dell U2717D, Dell U2717DA, Dell U2718Q, Dell U2718QM Monitor, Dell U2719D, Dell U2719DC, Dell U2719DS, Dell U2720Q, Dell U2720QM, Dell U2721DE, Dell U2913WM, Dell U2917W, Dell U3011, Dell U3014, Dell U3219Q, Dell U3415W, Dell U3417W, Dell U3419W, Dell U3421WE, Dell U3818DW, Dell U4320Q, Dell U4919DW, Dell UP2414Q, Dell UP2516D, Dell UP2715K, Dell UP2716D, Dell UP2716DA, Dell UP2718Q, Dell UP2720Q, Dell UP3017, Dell UP3017A, Dell UP3017Q, Dell UP3214Q , Dell UP3216Q, Dell UP3218K, Dell UP3221Q, Dell UZ2215H, Dell UZ2315H, Dell UZ2715H, Dell WR517 Wireless Module

Last Published Date

05 Dec 2020

Version

3

Article Type

Solution

Rate This Article


Accurate
Useful
Easy to Understand
Was this article helpful?

0/3000 characters