Getting the best display on your monitor

Applies to: Windows 7

  1. Open Screen Resolution by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking Adjust screen resolution.
  2. Click the drop-down list next to Resolution. Check for the resolution marked (recommended). This is your LCD monitor's native resolution—usually the highest resolution your monitor can support.

Resolution based on LCD monitor size

Monitor sizeRecommended resolution (in pixels)
19-inch standard ratio LCD monitor1280 × 1024
20-inch standard ratio LCD monitor1600 × 1200
20- and 22-inch widescreen LCD monitors
1680 × 1050
24-inch widescreen LCD monitor
1920 × 1200

Laptop screen size
Recommended resolution (in pixels)
13- to 15-inch standard ratio laptop screen
1400 × 1050
13- to 15-inch widescreen laptop screen
1280 × 800
17-inch widescreen laptop screen
1680 × 1050

To get the best color displayed on your LCD monitor, make sure to set it to 32-bit color. This measurement refers to color depth, which is the number of color values that can be assigned to a single pixel in an image. Color depth can range from 1 bit (black-and-white) to 32 bits (over 16.7 million colors).

  1. Open Screen Resolution by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking Adjust screen resolution.
  2. Click Advanced settings, and then click the Monitor tab.
  3. Under Colors, select True Color (32 bit), and then click OK.