How to Change DPI Resolution

By Nina Nixon

Updated September 28, 2017

Change DPI Resolution
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Changing DPI (Dots Per Inch) resolution is one of ways you can customize your PC. When a larger or smaller resolution is applied, all of the elements viewed on the monitor screen are altered. For those who spend hours at the computer, adjusting the DPI may help lesson your eye strain. If the DPI has been set to a larger resolution due to the previous computer user's preference, you do not have to learn to live with it. A computer screen that's easy to see, is easy to love.

Click on the Start menu on your computer's desktop and choose "Control Panel." Select "Appearance and Themes" and then "Display."

Go to the Settings tab and click on "Advanced," then go to the General tab.

Choose a new setting for the DPI from the DPI Setting drop-down list. (NOTE: You may elect to create a custom size setting. If so, click on "Customize" within the DPI Setting drop-down list.)

Click "OK" at the Change DPI Setting prompt.

Click "Yes" to use existing files that are already installed on your computer; otherwise, click "No." (NOTE: If you select "No", you will need to provide a disc containing the DPI files. To avoid any unwanted surprises, elect to use the existing files already downloaded on your computer when prompted.)

Click "Apply" and then press "Close". You may need to restart your computer to activate the new settings.


When changing the DPI setting to a larger size, such as 120 and up, you may or may not experience resolution issues that prevent all the text on a page to fit within the screen.