Change Your Monitor's Resolution
you're resizing the Desktop.)
desktop real estate with this exciting tutorial! Exciting?
Sure, if you create something that makes your work more
productive, and your play more fun!
Let's get to the
point. Screen real estate comes in the following flavors,
measured in pixels (the tiny dots that create the images
you see on your monitor). Here are the sizes from smaller
640 by 480
800 by 600
1024 by 768
1152 by 864
1280 by 1024
1600 by 1200
The larger your
monitor, the more likely it is that you can set it to a
higher resolution. To illustrate, a 19 inch monitor can be
comfortably run at 1024 by 768. That's 1,024 pixels wide by
768 pixels high.
You can use
this resolution on a small 14 inch monitor if your vision
is good enough and the monitor is capable.
A good standard
is 800 by 600. You'll be able to make changes in resolution
when you finish with this tutorial.
click on any blank portion of the desktop and a menu will
appear that looks like this. Properties is selected for you
in the example below:
Select and click Properties
with the left mouse button. You will see the
Display Properties dialog box. It always comes up with the
Background tab selected. Here's the picture:
2. Click on the Settings tab. The Display
Properties box changes to look like this:
computer will probably have a different graphics card
As you can see
by reading the screen, you have a few options. Grabbing the
slider bar with the mouse pointer and dragging it to the
right provides higher resolutions, dragging to the left
gives lower resolutions. Your monitor is running at
whatever resolution is listed in the Screen area section of
the Display Properties dialog box. If it's 640 by 480, change it
to at least 800 by 600 by sliding the bar.
The number of colors
may be anywhere from 16 to True Color (32 bit), which gives
you millions of colors. Here's a picture of what
you'll see when you click the Colors drop
your graphics card, you'll be able to select one of the
options. The better your card, the more colors you can
display, and the higher resolution you can use. Experiment
with this until you find a level that is optimal for
you--attempt the highest number of colors with at least 800
by 600 resolution.
3. Click OK. You'll see the dialog that says
"Windows will now resize your desktop. This could take
a few seconds, during which your screen could
flicker." If Windows is behaving, the statement made
in the box will be accurate. The flickering screen is no
problem at all.
Click OK to accept the proposed change in resolution. You
will receive yet another box for your efforts:
Click Yes, and your desktop will be keep its new size.
Click No, and your old settings will be restored. And
that's all there is to resizing your desktop--also known as
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