How to adjust monitor frequency in Windows 10
Games do not open in full screen
Some games may open in a window by default instead of full screen. If you want to fix this, there are two ways. The first is to use the Alt Enter combination, which gives the command to stretch the active window to full screen, the second is to go into the settings of the game itself and set the value “Open in full screen mode”. Usually, the second method works one hundred percent, the game either opens immediately to full screen, or does it after restarting.
Turn on full screen mode in the game settings
Change orientation, scale, add multiple monitors
Going to the screen settings (the first step of the previous subparagraph), you can change not only the resolution, but also the scale, due to which all fonts and icons will become either larger or smaller.
The orientation immediately changes from landscape to portrait or portrait and vice versa. This feature is only useful if you have a monitor with a non-standard aspect ratio, for example, stretched in height, not wide.
If several monitors are connected to the computer, then each of them will be configured separately. But first, you need to recognize them by clicking on the “Detect” button. After completing the search, the parameters of each monitor will become available.
Click on the “Detect” button to recognize the new screen
Calibrating your monitor in Windows 10
The standard Windows 10 tools include a utility for calibrating the image on the monitor (display) screen of your computer or laptop. It allows you to adjust the color, brightness and contrast of the screen for the most comfortable work in your environment.
Note: in this article, we will not go deep into the professional intricacies of screen calibration using special software or hardware. This manual describes the procedure for setting up the monitor using standard Windows tools, without the need to download additional programs.
It is perfect for beginners who have noticed some deviations in the quality of the picture of the screen of a laptop or desktop computer, or just want to adjust the image a little for themselves.
The perception of color / contrast / brightness is purely individual, so you should be guided by your own instinct, but do not go too far.
One more note: All procedures must be performed with an administrator account. Otherwise, you will need an admin password.
ClearType is a special font smoothing system that allows you to set the most optimal display of text on displays with high pixel density. However, on screens with medium or even low density, it can also be very useful. In any case, it is able to significantly increase the clarity. and this is what we are trying to achieve in this manual.
- Open “Start” and start typing “ClearType” on the keyboard. Most likely, after the first few letters, you will be offered the desired option. “Setting the ClearType text”. Feel free to click on it with the left mouse button;
- In the window that appears, check the box next to “Enable ClearType” and click “Next”;
- If the selected screen is set to the wrong resolution, Windows will notify you in the next configuration step. If it is suitable, it will also inform you, but it will not allow you to change it. Feel free to click “Next”. and do so after each stage;
- Next, there will be five stages of setting the text display quality. Choose the best option, in your opinion;
- Click Finish. The display of the text on the monitor will change slightly according to the items you selected.
This stage allows you to quickly and accurately adjust the clarity of the monitor, since it affects not only texts, but also some elements of the system interface.
The number and density of pixels involved in displaying a picture depends on the screen resolution. Each monitor model has its own recommended resolution value, it can be found in the instructions for the monitor or by enumerating all the resolutions suggested by the system:
- Right-click on an empty space on the desktop and select “Display Settings”.
Select the appropriate resolution and confirm your changes
Through power settings
Open the settings of the plan you are using.
Click on the “Configure Power Scheme” button
Find the line “Brightness” in the list of parameters and move the slider to the appropriate value.
Adjust brightness in power options
Brightness and contrast
Change the brightness level so that it matches that shown in the center picture or is pleasing to the eye. To do this, use the brightness buttons on the monitor.
Do the same with contrast. The image should not be clouded, but a noticeable transition between light and dark colors should be avoided, since there is nothing to excessive sharpness.
- In the context menu of the desktop, select the call to “Nvidia Control Panel”.
- Open the menu item called “Display”.
- Select the appropriate parameters (here you can also set the refresh rate of the screen in Windows 10 and the color depth).
- Applying new settings.
In the Windows 10 operating system, users can perform a custom scaling procedure that will be applied to all connected displays. However, this operation can lead to the fact that individual text, attachments and other elements may become unreadable, if the specific monitor does not support the specified scale value, and it will be rather difficult to restore the original parameters. If, nevertheless, the decision to increase the custom scaling size is made and it is necessary to perform this operation, then follow the sequential ordered step-by-step instructions presented below.
To set up custom scaling, you need to go to the responsible section of the “Parameters” system application. One of the possible methods allows you to go directly directly to the directly demanded “Display” section located on the “System” tab. Click on an empty space on the desktop with the right mouse button and in the pop-up context menu presented as a result of the described actions, select, from the available options, the “Display settings” section (usually located at the end of the list) by left-clicking it.
In the right pane of the window, using the scroll bar or the mouse wheel to move, locate the Scale and Layout section. From the list of available setting items presented in the specified section, select the text link “Additional scaling options” for interaction.
On the opened linked page of the same name, using the standard movement methods, find and go to the “Custom scaling” section, which will contain a variable field for entering numeric values that allows you to set the required size of the final screen format for displaying elements in the allowed range (the boundary limit varies from 100 to 500 percent).
After a set that satisfies user requests, the percentage of scaling, click on the “Apply” button, located under the active input field, to confirm the specified value.
After following the step-by-step instructions, users will need to sign out of their account and sign in again to test the new settings. If the installed scaling configuration does not meet expectations or does not look correctly on the monitor screen, then repeat the steps described in the instructions and set another convenient value by increasing or decreasing the percentage of the custom scaling factor.
If you later need to use the predefined zoom settings, you will first need to disable custom zoom and log out. The reset will be facilitated by a text link, clicking on which the installed changes to the custom zoom factor will be canceled, and the computer will automatically restart. After booting the system, you can start adjusting the scale using the default parameters. Without the obligatory disabling of custom scaling, the settings in the system cannot be used.
Choosing the correct display orientation
The Windows 10 operating system is equipped with a set of settings variations that control several monitors connected to a personal computer, some of which were discussed by us in the previous sections, such as connecting multiple monitors to one device, zooming in or out and choosing an extension for the monitor screen. In this section, we will describe an easy way to change the orientation of your display. Typically, this option for displaying screen content has only two options: landscape and portrait orientation. By default, the monitor settings use landscape orientation, but if desired, users can change the display method from landscape to portrait, which converts the desktop position and flips it 90 degrees counterclockwise. However, the orientation settings in the Windows 10 operating system are not limited to these options and are supplemented with screen display methods that allow you to flip the landscape or portrait orientation by 180 degrees, which will help you choose a truly convenient or highly demanded option for presenting content on the screen.
The Select Orientation option is especially useful when users have monitors with rotatable stands and need to change the display to read or work with code. Follow the step-by-step ordering instructions below to change the orientation of the monitor screen.
Use one of the methods described in this guide and open the system application “Settings”, or use another available option. For example, press the Windows X hotkey combination together or right-click the Start button located in the lower left corner of the desktop on the Taskbar and open the Power User menu. In the list of service tools and allowed actions, select the “Settings” section to launch the demanded application of the same name.
In the application page that opens, find and select the “System” tab.
On the new presented page of the marked tab, go to the left sidebar to the “Display”.
In the content located in the right side pane of the window, left-click on the image of the monitor whose orientation you want to change, presented in the graphical diagram in the section “Changing the arrangement of screens”.
Then, using the slider of the scroll bar or the wheel of rotation of the computer mouse, find the section “Scale and layout”.
In the available attached content, left-click the drop-down field of the item “Display orientation”.
Then, in the pop-up panel of the context menu, select the desired option from the available screen orientation formats represented by the Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (upside-down) and Portrait (upside-down) modes.
Upon completion, the orientation of the display will be changed according to the set parameters.
How to choose the Multiple Display View Mode in Windows 10?
Using the available operating system settings, users can also select a view mode for their connected displays. For example, if two monitors are shared on a personal computer, you can extend the main screen to both displays, significantly expanding the workspace, or mirror the monitors to duplicate information on each of them, which is ideal for presentations. If users are using a laptop with an external monitor, then you can even turn off the primary display and use only the second monitor as the primary.
To change the view mode in the Windows 10 operating system, follow a simple sequence of ordered actions.
Whichever option users would prefer as the mode of displaying content on the monitor screen, you should seek help from the capabilities of the “Settings” application, which can be opened in many ways. For example, click on the “Taskbar” in the lower right corner of the desktop on the “Windows Action Center” button. In the pop-up sidebar that opens, find the list of quick action buttons at the bottom of it and left-click on the “All Options” option, which instantly opens the demanded “Options” application.
On the main page of the running application, select the “System” tab.
In the left sidebar of the new page, go to the “Display” section.
In the “Changing the screen layout” section, displayed in the right side pane of the window, select the monitor to be configured later by finding it in the graphical diagram and clicking the left mouse button to highlight.
Then, using standard methods of moving through the available content, find the section “Multiple displays”, in which click on the field of the same name.
The drop-down menu will show the available for direct use, standard formats:
- Duplicate These Screens. Displays the same desktop on both displays.
- “Expand these screens”. expands the main desktop by using an additional display, forming a single space.
- “Show only on 1 (2)”. displays the desktop image exclusively on the specified monitor number.
Check any option that is currently in demand to set the appropriate view mode on the specified active monitor.
After completing the presented step-by-step flow, users may need to repeat steps “No. 4”, “No. 5” and “No. 6” to set the display mode to other monitors. Also, separately note that these settings allow you to set any of the monitors connected to the computer as the main display.
Personalized customization of the desktop image for each monitor
If users need to set separate background images for each monitor, then the Windows 10 operating system provides a similar opportunity. To perform the requested operation, users should follow the ordered step-by-step actions presented below.
Use any of the previously described methods and go to the “Personalization” tab of the “Settings” system application. For example, call the display of the application by jointly pressing the “Windows I” key combination and in the opened system parameters window, switch to the requested tab.
On the new page, in the left sidebar, select the “Background” section.
In the right sidebar containing the appropriate settings, activate the “Background” editable field and select the “Photo” option from the drop-down menu.
Further in the next paragraph “Select a photo” click on the associated button “Browse”.
Then in the additional window “Opening” that opens, select the required image and click on the button “Select an image”.
Then right-click on the requested image of the “Select photo” item and in the pop-up context menu presented, select a specific monitor for which the specified selected picture will be set as the desktop background image.
Repeat steps “No. 4”, “No. 5” and “No. 6” to set a custom background image for the next monitor.
After completing the presented step-by-step instructions, each monitor connected to the computer will have its own personal wallpaper.
Changing the refresh rate
In order to edit the refresh rate of the screen, it is necessary to determine what it is and how it affects the dynamics of image reproduction. This parameter is mainly represented by average numerical values within the “60 Hz” or “75 Hz” range. Such values indicate the number of image updates per second on the monitor screen. And the higher this indicator, the more often the picture changes per unit of time, and, as a result, the display of the screen contents will be clearer, without breaks and jumps. For most users, the default default refresh rate is sufficient, which is not the case for beginners and professional PC gamers. In modern games, mouse responsiveness and precision are essential. And in order to achieve high values of visual presentation and control, it is necessary to increase the screen refresh rate.
To change the preset refresh rate setting, users will need to follow a simple, orderly, step-by-step process.
Start the system application “Settings” in any way you prefer, using the method already described or using another available option. For example, to instantly call the window of the requested application, press the combination of hot keys “Windows I” together, and the application window “Settings” will open immediately.
On the main page of the application, select, from the settings available for interaction, the “System” tab and left-click it to go directly.
In the left side panel of the new page that opens, the tab responsible for system settings, select the “Display” section.
In the associated right sidebar of the system tab, using the computer mouse wheel or scroll bar, find the section “Multiple displays” in the available list and click on the text link “Additional display settings”.
In the “Select a display” section, set the required monitor number on which you want to change the refresh rate of the screen.
Using the standard navigation methods, go to the Display Information section and left-click the text link “Display Adapter Properties”.
Based on the results of the execution of the described actions, an additional “Properties” window will be displayed on the monitor screen, including various control tabs. At the top of the window, find and select the “Monitor” tab to go to the corresponding settings page.
In the presented contents of the specified tab, to adjust the refresh rate of the monitor screen, select the responsible section “Monitor settings”. Open the changeable field “Screen refresh rate” by clicking on it with the left mouse button, and select the required value from the list of frequencies supported by a particular monitor from the drop-down context menu.
After setting the screen refresh rate required by the users, accept the set values using the corresponding “Apply” button. Confirm your consent to change the specified setting in the pop-up message “Display Options”, and the set frequency will be applied.
To change the refresh rate of the screen on other monitors, users need to perform the presented procedure again, indicating in paragraph “No. 5” the requested additional display.
How to manage advanced settings in Windows 10?
Since not all monitors are created equal and have the same characteristics, it is not recommended to necessarily change the advanced display settings. However, in some cases, users may need to make some adjustments to improve color accuracy and eliminate screen flickering.
Important. We recommend that you only make changes to advanced settings if users truly have an appropriate understanding of the order, methodology and possible consequences of their actions. As a rule, the standard selection of the Windows 10 operating system, set by default, is sufficient and completely satisfactory for most monitors.
Setting up a custom color profile
Modern monitors have a wide variety of colors and shades. Older monitors have a much more limited color palette. Due to the existing difference, expressed in the deficit of colors and shades, the picture on the screen of old-style monitors becomes less informative and does not provide real color reproduction. Therefore, if the connected monitor has noticeable differences from the usual standard of color display of the picture, in the Windows 10 operating system it is possible to use a custom color profile to improve color accuracy.
To make the correct adjustment of the color palette of the display, users have to follow a simple step-by-step order of sequential actions.
Open the Settings app to access the on-demand color management controls. For example, find the shortcut “This PC” on the desktop and double-click it with the left mouse button to display the “Windows” file explorer window.
On the control panel of the explorer window, go to the “Computer” tab, and then on the ribbon of available content in the “System” section, click on the “Open Settings” button, and the demanded “Settings” application will be instantly launched.
In the appeared window of the desired application, users need to left-click on the “System” tab for its subsequent display.
After going to system settings, find in the left sidebar and select the “Display” section.
Using the available standard navigation methods, in the right side pane of the window, go to the “Multiple displays” section, in which click on the text link “Advanced display settings”.
In the new window of additional settings, in the “Select a display” section, click on the corresponding drop-down field and select the monitor number for which you want to change the color palette settings from the pop-up context menu.
Then go to the next section “Display Information” and left-click on the text link “Video adapter properties for the display”, which allows you to go to the corresponding parameters.
After selecting the responsible link, a new pop-up properties window will be displayed on the monitor screen. At the top of the window, go to the “Color Management” tab.
On the linked page that opens, click on the “Color Management” button of the same name, which is responsible for setting the corresponding parameters of the display color palette.
In a new window of the same name, displayed based on the results of previous actions, go to the control panel to the “Devices” tab. In the corresponding related line marked with a schematic monitor icon, open the editable field, in the drop-down context menu, find from the list of available elements, and select the monitor specified earlier in the previous step by clicking on its name with the left mouse button.
In the cell of the line “Use my settings for this device” set the selection indicator (“tick”) to activate the set properties.
Then click on the “Add” button located next to the table of compared profiles.
In the new additional window “Color Profile Mapping”, users are given the opportunity, using standard methods of movement, to find and select a ready-made profile from the list of already installed ones, by double-clicking the left mouse button on the appropriate option with the “.icm” extension format. Or click on the “Browse” button (having previously installed the demanded sample profile on your computer or laptop), go to the location of the downloaded profile, add it, and then confirm your choice by double-clicking on the profile name that appears in the selection table.
The selected profile will be added to the “Profiles Associated with This Device” table in the “Color Management” window. Now click on the “Close” button to complete.
If there are several legacy monitors that require custom color profile settings, repeat steps to inclusive to set a custom profile for other monitors.
It is important to remember that when setting up a custom color profile, you must use profiles that were created by the display manufacturer or preloaded from a trusted source.