How to change screen resolution in Windows XP

change resolution xp
This guide will take you through how to change the screen resolution in Windows XP®.

Screen resolution is down to personal preference, and will depend on the size and capability of your monitor/display. The best way to find the perfect resolution to suit you and your monitor is to experiment, follow the guide below to change your screen resolution.
First right-click on the desktop and then left click on Properties from the menu that appears.

The display properties dialogue box will appear as shown in fig 1.1 below, click on the settings tab at the top right of the box.

 xp screen resolution- 1

Screen Resolution
This slide bar is what you use to change the resolution, the options you have will depend on your graphics card and monitor, but the standard options are 800x600, 1024x768 and 1152x864.

Normally the default (in XP) is set to 800x600 which means the display will be 800 pixels wide and 600 pixels high.

Color Quality
This pull down box will contain the current colour options available, again this will depend on your grahics card and monitor, for best results select the highest option available.

Changing the Resolution

To change your resolution simply slide the bar along to the resolution of your choice and then click the Apply button.

After clicking Apply your screen will resize to the new resolution and you will be presented with a confirm dialogue box, if you are happy with the way your screen looks then simply click Yes, if you would like to try a different resolution click No.

When you have finished simply close the Display properties box.

note: It is best to use your PC for a while in the new resolution to see if it is suitable for you.
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