How do I Change Monitor Display Settings on an HP Desktop With Vista?

by Lucosi Fuller

HP desktop computers with the Windows Vista operating system allow you to manipulate the way your monitor displays images, as well as provide options for displaying a dual desktop. You can change your computer's color scheme and screen resolution so that the images have a better appearance or so your computer saves power. The "Monitor Settings" screen is found on the "Personalization" menu, so you can tweak the settings any way you like, as long as your computer can handle the changes you make.


Right-click on an empty space on the desktop and a drop-menu will appear.


Click on "Personalize" at the bottom of the list. The "Appearance and Personalization" screen will appear.


Select "Display Settings" at the bottom of the list.


Click on the drop-box below the icons that represent your computer's monitors to choose which monitor you want to use.


Check the box beside "This is my main monitor" to make the monitor you select your primary monitor.


Check the box beside "Extend the desktop onto this monitor" to make your Vista desktop appear on the monitor you choose as your secondary monitor.


Slide the dial on the "Resolution" scale to change the screen resolution from low to high. Images appear larger and more distorted at low resolution, while at high resolution the images are smaller and sharper.


Click on the "Colors" drop-box to select a 16-bit or 32-bit color scheme, with the 32-bit scheme being the best one, though it demands more from your computer to display it.


Click on the "Advanced Settings..." box.


Click on the "Monitor" tab.


Click on the "Screen refresh rate" box in the "Monitor Settings" area and select the highest refresh rate, as other rates may make items on the screen show up incorrectly and it may damage your monitor.


Check the box that says "Hide modes that this monitor can't display" so the danger of selecting the wrong refresh rate is avoided.


Click on "Apply" and "OK" to close the screen and click on "Apply" and "OK" to close the "Display Settings" screen.

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