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Change the Screen Resolution on Windows 7

Windows 7 does an excellent job when it comes to autodetecting your monitor and video card and applying the correct screen resolution for your hardware. You may want to adjust your screen resolution nonetheless and on Windows 7 this can be achieved in a few easy steps.

First, click on your start menu on the bottom left hand corner of your screen. Click on the Start Menu

On your start menu you will see Control Panel on the right hand side about the fifth one from the bottom. Click on Control Panel. Click on Control Panel

The Control Panel is very easy to navigate on Windows 7. You can see that it resembles the category view that first appeared on Windows XP and was refined on Windows Vista. Windows 7 Control Panel

One of the categories you will see in Windows 7's control panel is Appearance and Personalization. Underneath Appearance and Personalization you will see several sub-category items, one of which is Adjust screen resolution. Click on Adjust screen resolution. Windows 7 Control Panel - Adjust Screen Resolution

A new screen will open up titled Change the appearance of your display. If you have multiple monitors they will be numbered and you can select each individual monitor by clicking on it and adjust it according it to your needs. Change the appearance of your display

In the middle of this screen you will see three drop down menus, display, resolution and orientation. Display allows you to select the monitor you are adjusting, resolution allows you to change the screen resolution and orientation allows you to change how the screen is drawn, useful if you would like to turn it on its side. To adjust your screen resolution click your mouse on the upside down triangle next to the screen resolution and move the slider that pops up with your mouse to select the resolution you desire. Change the Screen resolution on Windows 7

Once you are satisfied with the changes you have made click OK on the bottom of the screen, the computer will apply the new settings and you will see the new screen resolution. A box will pop up asking if you want to keep these changes or revert back to the old settings, click Keep changes if they are acceptable, revert if they are not. Keep Display Setting changes

If you change your resolution, click OK and then your screen goes blank DONT PANIC! Dont touch anything, after 15 seconds if you dont click the keep changes button on the box that prompts you if you want to keep these display settings (perhaps because you cant see it?) your computer will revert to your previous screen resolution and you can try again.