How to change your screen resolution (Windows and Mac)

If you’re starting to notice that you have to “sideways scroll” (use a horizontal scroll bar) more often than you used to when viewing web pages, it might be time to set your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher ..

Windows XP
Macintosh OS X
Windows 2000, NT, ME, 98
Macintosh 9.x

Windows XP

  1. To change your desktop resolution, click once on your desktop with the right mouse button and select Properties from the pop-up menu.
  2. On the Display Properties window, select the Settings tab.
  3. In the area labeled Screen resolution, drag the arrow ( ) to the right until you reach at least 1024 by 768 pixels. Click OK to change your screen resolution.
  4. Depending on your computer configuration, you may be prompted to make a choice between restarting your computer, or applying the changes without restarting. It is usually safe to make the changes without restarting.

Macintosh OS X

  1. To change your screen resolution (size) in Mac OS X, click the Apple button, and select System Preferences…
  2. Select the Displays icon

  3. Click to enlarge

  4. In the list of Resolutions: select 1024 x 768 (or higher).

  5. Click to enlarge

Windows 2000, NT, ME, 98

  1. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen
  2. Select Settings and click Control Panel
  3. Double-click Display and select the Settings tab
  4. Adjust the control in the Desktop Area to 1024 by 768 pixels
  5. If available, press the Test button (if the screen appears blank when testing, it will return to normal in five to 15 seconds)
  6. Select OK
  7. Click OK if prompted to re-boot your computer

Macintosh 9.x

  1. From the Apple menu, select Control Panels
  2. You will either have the option Monitors & Sound or Monitors If the option is Monitors & Sound:
    1. Open the Monitor icon
    2. From the list of available resolutions, select the resolution you wish to use
    3. Your screen resolution will change instantly
    4. Close the Monitors & Sound window

    If the option is Monitors:

    1. Ensure that the Show pull-down menu option is set to Recommended
    2. From the list of available resolutions, select the resolution you wish to use
    3. Your screen resolution will change instantly
    4. Close the Monitors window
{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Ade April 24, 2007, 12:21 am

    I am using windows 2000 nt, and do not have the option…
    How can I enlarge it?

  • shrikant sharat May 25, 2007, 10:59 pm

    I am using windows xp sp2. I get a black blank screen when i do the above. After a while i see the old 800X600 resolution. It does not change to 1024X768. I could not understand the problem. Please help.

    Thank you.

  • lisa banyard November 13, 2007, 12:23 am

    i have changed mine then put it back to how it was because it was just to small now all my colours have become dark, i have no default settings, so basically now the quality is horrible. please help?

  • paulette November 29, 2008, 11:57 pm

    monitor window screen need to be enlarge

  • joseph March 26, 2009, 11:59 am

    comment remettre le plein écran, j’ai 1cm tout le tour je n’arrive pas aidez -moi je ne connais pas grand chose

  • Pat April 26, 2009, 2:32 pm

    I went to change my screen resolution on my laptop windows xp and I hit the number 2 box on the settings and my screen turned blue and there is a little black box.if i right click i get properties but nothing else.What should i do. I was hooking up my laptop to my tv. my laptop screen is no good,thats why I was going to watch with my tv screen

  • Blake May 27, 2009, 1:34 pm

    I do like to use Windows XP every so often, but I just can’t get the screen resolution right, 1680×1050 on a 22 inch monitor. I know how to do it normally, but it seems that Windows drivers just don’t support that many display resolutions for monitors or display adapters. On my dual boot system running Linux and Windows, Linux has a wonderful screen at full resolution, but Windows XP is distorted, stretched and hard on the eyes.

    What can one do to correct the problem if there is a way to do it? Can one edit the drivers?

  • hugo barbosa November 22, 2009, 5:23 am

    -boas, queria saber se alguem me sabe ajudar, é que eu tenho um portatil touch, da asus.. pequeno a resoluçao de ecra nao chega a 800×600 mas a minha net mobile(da kanguru) nao dá se o ecra for tao pequeno gostava de saber se ha alguma maneira de resolver o problema levando a resoluçao de ecra asssim do maximo… alguem me pode ajudar?

  • Kanna February 20, 2010, 11:31 pm

    how to change resolution for windows 2008. I am not able to change it to 1024×768.

    Please help?

  • ritika February 7, 2011, 12:26 am

    i dont have the option ‘1024*768’ and i want to change my computers resolution to 1024*768

  • SUNIL KUMAR PATHAK May 5, 2011, 1:03 am

    I have P4 System that have Windows Server 2003 Operating System. In the area labeled Screen resolution, when dragging the arrow ( ) to the right for until we reach at least 1024 by 768 pixels, it doesn’t moved. Please Help me

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