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[Solved] How Do I Set Monitor Display Screen Native Resolution in Windows and macOS

Monitors’ LCD panel is made up of tiny cells (pixels) in matrix / grid (native resolution). If native resolution of monitor is listed as 1680 × 1050, this mean 1680 pixels across and 1050 pixels down the screen. So, if the native resolution is set to 1024 × 768, then image / picture / text is being “stretched” over multiple pixels which is the causes of image quality to degrade and why text is unclear. Follow below steps for directions on how to set monitor screen’s native resolution.

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Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98
macOS

Windows 7

Step 1: Click Start > Control Panel.

Step 2: Click Adjust screen resolution under Appearance and Personalization.

Step 3: Under Resolution, move the slider up until slider displays the monitor’s native resolution or Recommended Resolution.

Adjust native resolution setting in Windows 7

Adjust native resolution setting in Windows 7

Step 4: Click the Apply button. A confirmation window appears.

Step 5: Click Yes button to save the resolution setting.
Note: You have 15 seconds to click Yes. If the time limit is reached, the resolution reverts to its original setting.

Step 6: Click OK to close the Display Settings window.

Windows Vista

Step 1: Click Start > Control Panel.

Step 2: Click Display or Adjust screen resolution under Appearance and Personalization.

Step 3: Move the slider to the right until the slider displays the monitor’s native resolution.

Adjust native resolution in Windows Vista

Adjust native resolution in Windows Vista

Step 4: Click Apply button. A confirmation window appears.

Step 5: Click Yes button to save the resolution setting.
Note: You have 15 seconds to click Yes. If the time limit is reached, the resolution reverts to its original setting.

Step 6: Click OK to close the Display Settings window.

Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98

Step 1: Click Start > Control Panel.

Step 2: Double-click Display icon.

Step 3: Click Settings tab, drag the screen area slider to the desired resolution.

Adjust monitor native resolution in Windows

Adjust monitor native resolution in Windows

Step 4: Click Apply then OK button.

Step 5: Click Yes button to Keep the monitors current display settings.

macOS

Step 1: Hover over the dock and click System Preferences icon.

Step 2: Click Displays icon.

Step 3: Select native resolution for monitor.

Select display native resolution in macOS

Select display native resolution in macOS

Step 4: Click on Red Dot to exit.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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