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How do I set the resolution settings of my monitor?
Depending on the size of your monitor and your graphics needs, you may want to change the resolution of your computer monitor. There are many reasons for changing resolutions, from gaming to just not being happy with how things look on your screen.

To change your settings, right-click on an empty spot on your Windows desktop (not on an icon or window). From the pop-up menu, choose "Properties". A window will appear with several tabs at the top. Click on the "Settings" tab. On that tab, you will find options to increase and decrease screen resolution as well as the number of colors your screen displays.

Generally, if your system can handle it, you should set the number of colors to the maximum and the screen resolution to the highest you can without items being too small on your display. There are times when you or a program may need to lower that resolution, but a higher resolution is better for viewing photos and video on your computer.

In general, 1024 x 768 is usually good for most 17 inch monitors while 1280 x 1024 or higher is good for larger screens. LCD monitors may have default resolutions that exceed those listed above.

If your graphics card allows for a secondary monitor, you'll be able to change it's settings in that section as well. Just select the secondary monitor from the list of displays to access the controls.

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