Windows chooses the best display settings for your PC based on your monitor. If you want to adjust your display settings, or if they were changed and you want to restore default settings, here are a few things you can try.
|Monitor size||Recommended resolution (in pixels)|
|19-inch standard ratio monitor||1280 × 1024|
|20-inch standard ratio monitor||1600 × 1200|
|20- and 22-inch widescreen monitors||1680 × 1050|
|24-inch widescreen 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|
|Tablet screen||1360 × 768|
You can set the brightness and contrast for most monitors using buttons or other controls on the monitor. If you aren't sure how to adjust the brightness and contrast on your monitor, check the manual or the manufacturer's website. You can also check to see if your PC has an automatic brightness setting. And if you have a laptop, you can adjust the brightness in Windows.
Some PCs adjust screen brightness automatically based on how much light there is in the room where you're using the PC. To see if your PC has this setting, follow these steps.
This setting might not be available on some PCs.
On a laptop, you can also try adjusting the brightness by holding down the Fn key, and then pressing the corresponding function key to increase (
If another monitor is plugged into your PC but Windows didn't detect it automatically, you can detect it manually in PC settings.
You can use the four corners of any monitor to open the Start screen, charms, and your recent apps.
You can have the Start screen and apps from the Windows Store on only one monitor at a time. When you open the Start screen, charms, or your recent apps on a different monitor, apps from the Windows Store also move to that monitor.
This might not be available for some displays.
The menu and monitor buttons vary by model and manufacturer. To get help using the buttons for your monitor, check the manual or the manufacturer's website.
If you have a display calibration device and software, it's a good idea to use them instead of Display Color Calibration because they'll give you better calibration results.
Article ID: 14217 - Last Review: Apr 27, 2016 - Revision: 17