June 13, 2009
June 13, 2009
In this article, I will be showing you how we used to
change the screen resolution in Windows XP, Windows
Vista and how it is easily done now in Windows 7.
Note : This article was
written when Windows 7 was still in RC build, changes
might occur later to the product once it is RTM.
When you start working with Windows 7, you will
notice that it is created to make our life easier
and to accomplish tasks much faster. How about if a
simple operation, that previously was taking three
steps from you, now takes only two steps ? it would
be trivial for you, but think about it again, imagine
how many clicks you can save, if lots of the new
features are now faster with Windows 7 and can be
accessed in fewer clicks, then imagine how many
seconds/minutes you can save.
Let's remember how we used to change screen
resolution with Windows XP & Windows Vista.
- Right click any empty spot on the desktop,
and click on Properties
- The Display Properties page
will open, click on the Settings
- Using the slider, under Screen
resolution, go left or right till you
choose the desired screen resolution and then click on OK.
You might be asked if you want to keep the
new settings or not.
Now lets see how we used to change screen
resolution with Windows Vista.
With Windows Vista, the graphical user interface
that we were working with for years has changed and
new words came out, such as Properties
was replaced with Personalize
- Right click on any empty spot on the desktop
and click on Personalize
- The Display Properties page was replaced
with the Personalization page,
and as you can see, no more tabs are used. To
adjust your monitor resolution, click on Display Settings
- Under Resolution, go with
the slider left or right to adjust your monitor
resolution, then click on OK
You might be asked to keep the new changes or
Now lets see how this is done with Windows 7.
- Right click any empty area on
your desktop, now instead of
clicking on Personalize as we
used to do with Windows Vista, simply click on
- This will directly open the Screen
Resolution page, using the drop down list beside
the slider up or down and stop it to
the desired resolution, then click
outside the resolution drop down
list box and click OK
Accept the change by clicking on
Keep changes or
revert it back by either clicking on
Revert, or doing
nothing for 15 seconds, once the
count down finishes, the changes
will be ignored and will revert back
to previous display settings.
Note : You can change the screen resolution by
opening Control Panel,
and then click on Adjust
Screen resolution under
As you can see, Windows 7 introduces a new way to
change screen resolution. Personally, I like it as
it saves few steps and clicks.
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