How to Fix Windows 10 Display Size and Resolution Issues:
Sometimes when you connect a monitor to a Windows 10 PC, things seem a little off. If your display size and resolution are not what they should be, here are some common causes and fixes you can try.
In this article, we will focus mostly on external monitor related issues, but if you are having problems with the native display on your laptop or Windows 10 tablet, check out our article on how. Adjust Screen Resolution in Windows 10.
In the end, if you’ve been trying to connect your Windows 10 to an HDTV, that’s a whole different story. Luckily, we have an article that will help you. Fix troubleshooting issues when using HDTV as a monitor.
Set the native resolution of your display and switch to it
First, find out the native resolution of your display. It’s usually written on the box the screen came in, but you can also check it using the Windows display settings:
- Right-click on the Windows desktop and select display settings.
- under which display resolution Choose drop down menu.
- look for Recommended Resolution, which is your display’s native resolution and should be automatically selected by Windows. If it isn’t, you can change it correct resolution. The steps in the linked article should solve most of the resolving problems.
However, sometimes, Windows detects the wrong native resolution. If the native resolution of your screen is different from the setting recommended in Windows according to the manual or official specifications on your website, change it to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
double check your hardware
The proper functioning of the display depends on three components: the graphics card, the display cable, and the display itself.
- If the first two components don’t support your screen’s native resolution, this could be your problem.
- Some older graphics cards, especially those integrated into older laptops, cannot output 4K or 1440p resolution. The same is true of specific cables. Single-link DVI is limited to 1920×1200, and dual-link DVI tops out at 2560×1600.
- HDMI cables come in different categories, and the HDMI output on your graphics card may only support specific resolutions. For example, you need a Category 3 HDMI cable to play a 4K display at 60Hz.
- Your graphics card needs to support at least HDMI 1.3 to handle 4K 60Hz resolution.
In short, check that both your GPU and cable support the resolution you want.
In some cases, you can fix it by switching connector. For example, if your display has both HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, switching to DisplayPort will give you access to higher resolutions and refresh rates in most cases.
confused? check out DVI vs. HDMI vs. DisplayPort – What you need to know.
Check In-App Settings
Some full-screen apps and video games can and will control your system’s resolution. It’s normal for video games to default to a resolution that’s different from what your monitor needs to look sharp. if your game looks blurry Or stretched and distorted, check its display settings and make sure you set it to the correct resolution for your screen.
In some cases, when video games change your resolution, they don’t change it back when you turn them off. Follow the instructions in the first section to manually fix your Windows display resolution.
Install, reinstall or update your display drivers
If something is wrong with your GPU’s drivers, you may not be able to select the proper resolution for your screen. Windows may revert to a normal display driver, but this usually means a lower resolution output.
Its solution is:
- Visit your GPU manufacturer’s website
- Download the correct driver for your card.
- Install it and restart the computer.
- You may want to use a program like God To clean up a broken driver first before installing a new, updated version.
For the complete guide, go here How to Install a New Graphics Card – From Hardware to Drivers.
roll back drivers
If your problems started after a recent driver update, you can go back to a previous version that worked properly. check out How to roll back the driver in Windows 10 For detailed instructions on how to get back a working, old display driver.
Set the correct multi-display mode
If you have multiple displays connected, one or more displays may not show the correct resolution. Display mode on Windows may be malfunctioning.
- If your computer is set to Duplicate Display and both screens have different native resolutions, one screen will not display the correct image quality. If you’re doing a presentation, it’s best to choose the resolution of the display that your audience will see, and you have to make do with the distorted image.
- The solution may be to change the mode to “Extended”. You can set the resolution of each screen independently in case Windows goes wrong.
For more information about dual-monitor setup, see How to Setup Dual Monitors in Windows, What to do when your second monitor is not detected, and Fix Blank or Black Monitor Problem on PC.
Use your GPU utility to set the resolution
While Windows offers you a similar way to fix your Windows display resolution, the major GPU manufacturers have their own utilities that let you control your desktop and application resolutions:
You can access these applications by right-clicking on the desktop or by searching for it in the Start menu. The resolution controls are different for each of them, but they’re usually front and center when you open each utility.
Adjust DPI scaling if things are too small
So what if your screen is set to the correct resolution, but the text, icons, and other screen elements are too small? This is most common on high-resolution displays that are smaller in overall size, such as 15” 4K laptop screens.
Modern operating systems such as Windows will automatically scale screen elements to make them easier to read on such displays. Still, if you’re not happy with the way Windows works, you can override the setting:
- Right-click on the desktop and select display settings.
- scroll scale and layout.
- under which Resize text, apps, and other objects Select the scale of your choice.
Usually, 100% is the recommended default, but try each incremental increase until you find one you are comfortable with. Keep in mind that if you push the scaling too high some applications will no longer display correctly, so it’s better to be conservative.
With all these improvements, your Windows display should now look the way you want it to. If not, post a comment here and we’re pretty good about providing feedback.