How to Access the Display Properties Window

by Jim Campbell

The display properties window is accessible from the Windows Control Panel, or by simply right-clicking your desktop. The display properties window allows access top several settings, such as the Windows color scheme and background themes, resolution and monitor system drivers. After you have accessed the window, you can set each tab configuration to settings that make it more comfortable to work on your Windows machine.

Right-click your Windows desktop and select "Properties". If you are running Windows 7 or Vista, the icon is labeled "Personalize". This opens your display properties window.

Click the "Settings" tab. This displays the resolution settings for your monitor. Slide the bar up to increase the monitor resolution.

Click the "Themes" tab. This tab provides a list of color schemes and background images for your display. The scheme you select is tied to your Windows profile, so each user who logs into the machine can set a different scheme.

Click the "Desktop" tab. This sets your Windows desktop settings, such as a personal background image, wallpaper and icon settings.

Click the "Screensaver" tab. This sets your monitor's screen saver, and it sets the "sleep mode" for the monitor when the machine is not active. This saves electricity, and it locks the machine with the screensaver after you walk away for a set amount of time.

About the Author

Jim Campbell has been a computer engineer for over five years. He excels in hardware repair, computer programming and troubleshooting, and software design. He is currently attending Florida Atlantic University, pursuing a master's degree in computer and electrical engineering and fine-tuning his technical writing abilities.

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