How to Change the Monitor Resolution on a PC

Your monitor resolution affects the clarity of both images and text in addition to their size: at higher resolutions, images and text appear smaller but sharper, and more can fit on-screen. However, some users prefer to set their resolutions lower in order to better see onscreen items. The method to change the resolution in Windows 8 is mostly the same as with Windows 7, though the method to access these settings changed with Windows 8's new look.

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    Open the Search charm, click "Settings" and type "Display" (without the quotation marks) into the search bar.

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    Click "Change Display Settings" from the results to open the Screen Resolution window.

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    Select your monitor resolution in the "Resolution" drop-down menu.

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    Click "Apply" to save your changes and switch to the new monitor resolution.