What is my screen resolution

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Screen Resolution Tool?
The What is My Screen Resolution tool is a simple way of finding out the resolution of the display that you’re currently using. It avoids the hassle of using your computer or device’s settings in order to discover your screen resolution, saving time when you need to know your screen resolution quickly.

Why Do I Need to Know My Screen Resolution?
You may be one of the many people who use computers, laptops, and mobile devices on a daily basis without ever even thinking about your screen resolution. However, knowing your screen resolution can be useful – especially if you find that your display is not set to the right resolution for the size of the device, or you’re wanting to upgrade to a higher resolution monitor. If you do design work, screen resolution can be very important, too.

Who is this Tool Most Useful For?
Although our screen resolution checker tool is something that anyone can (and does) use, there are some groups of people it’s particularly useful for. For example, if you’re building a website on your desktop, it can be helpful to know your current screen resolution when setting or adjusting mobile responsive settings.

Plus, you will find this tool especially handy if you need to check whether your display meets the system requirements for a game or piece of software before you download or install it. You can also use it if you think your screen resolution is too small or too big.

How Can I Change My Screen Resolution?
With desktop and laptop devices, there are simple options for changing your screen resolution, usually found in the display settings of your computer. It’s different if you use a Mac computer compared to a Windows computer, but you can generally adjust your screen resolution settings in a couple of clicks.

For example, if you use an iMac with a 21” non-retina screen, the usual (default) resolution is 1920 x 1080. If you struggle with the size of the content on your screen and don’t want to have to zoom in different applications, you can choose a lower screen resolution (e.g. 1600 x 900). Doing this will make everything on your screen appear to be larger. Just click on Display in the system settings panel, select “scaled” for the resolution, and choose the resolution you want.