How to Change Screen Resolution on a Windows 11 PC

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Change the screen resolution on your Windows 11 PC to best fit your viewing experience.

Screen resolution is a very critical aspect when it comes to the clarity of the text and all other items displayed on your screen.

Since every computer is distinct from the other, and moreover, many of them today are made for specific purposes and thus, have different types of screens installed in them, not every computer has the same highest resolution it can support.

However, that being said, changing the resolution of any computer is no rocket science and in fact a very simple and straightforward process. so let’s get started.

Check and Change Screen Resolution from Settings

You can always check the current resolution of your screen and also change it as per your preference quickly from the Settings app.

To do so, head to the Settings app either from the pinned apps in the Start Menu or by searching for it from the menu.

Then, make sure the ‘System’ tab is selected on the left sidebar to continue.

After that, click on the ‘Display’ tile present to the right of the Settings window.

Alternatively, you can also right-click on the desktop and click on the ‘Display settings’ option from the context menu to jump right onto the ‘Display’ page of Settings.

Next, scroll down to locate the ‘Display resolution’ option under the ‘Scale & layout’ section and then click on the drop-down menu present on the far right edge of the tile to reveal the list of resolutions supported by your screen.

Now, from the drop-down list, click on your desired resolution to select and apply immediately. This will bring up a prompt on your screen along with immediately changing the resolution of your screen.

Then, if you wish to keep the changes, click on the ‘keep changes’ button from the prompt; otherwise, click on the ‘Revert changes’ button. In case you do not provide any input, the changes will be reverted within 60 seconds.

How to Change the Size of Text and Icons Without Changing your Resolution

You can also change the size of text and icons on your display without changing your resolution by scaling the display up or down. Scaling up makes the texts and icons appear larger and scaling down, shrinks them down.

To change the scaling factor for your display, head to the Settings app either from the pinned apps on the Start Menu or by searching for it.

Next, make sure ‘System’ tab is selected from the left sidebar of the window.

After that, click on the ‘Display’ tile present to the right of the Settings screen.

Now, scroll down to the ‘Scale & layout’ section and then click on the ‘Scale’ tile to reveal custom scaling settings.

After that, you can enter a number depending upon your personal use case. By default, your screen is at a 100% scaling factor. To make the text and icons bigger enter a value greater than 100; otherwise, to make the text smaller, enter a value lesser than 100 and click on the ‘tick mark’ present right beside the text box. The scaling factor will apply only after you sign out/ restart your device.

Note: Make sure you are not changing the scaling factor drastically and are giving a slight increase/decrease in the factor value, as a drastic reduction or increment may render the screen extremely difficult to navigate.

Once you sign back in, the custom scaling factor will take effect.


That’s it, these are all the ways you can adjust your screen resolution and/or make the text and icons bigger and smaller as per your need.