How do I change the Windows Display Settings?

Oct 28, 2021 | Windows 10 Hints and Tips

If you need to change your resolution, zooming or how multiple monitors behave then you will need to look at the display settings you have set up.

These may need to be altered depending on the size of screen you are working with and the packages you are using.  Many companies lock these options so you cannot change them yourself.  In this case you would need to contact your IT administrators to make these changes for you. 

Where to find the Display Settings

Assuming the operating system you are using is Windows 10 the display settings are found in the following location. 

1. Click on the Start button 

2. Click on the Cog to select settings 

Windows Display Settings

3. Choose System then Display in the menu on the left 

Rearrange your displays 

The 2 monitors can be dragged to rearrange them.  If you are not sure which monitor is which then click Identify and it will number the monitors accordingly.  It is good practice to always get these lined up at the top. 

Rearrange your displays

Night Light

If Night Light is switched on then emits a warmer light that helps you sleep rather than the blue light screens normally emit. The strength of the light can be adjusted to your requirements and a time can be set when it will be automatically activated by selecting Night light settings. 

Night Light

Scale and layout

This section covers scale, display resolution and display orientation. 

Scale and Layout


Scale can be used when you are setting up different monitors of different screen sizes and resolutions.  This can help to make the text size the same across different devices. 

  1. Select the monitor to adjust in the rearrange displays section 
  2. Change the size of text, apps and other items to the required percentage 

Display resolution 

This is normally configured correctly automatically but can be adjusted if required. 

  1. Select the monitor to adjust in the rearrange displays section 
  2. Use the drop down to select the correct pixel resolution 

Display Orientation 

These options are useful if your monitor is on a stand which can be rotated which can be useful when working with certain packages or when coding.  If everything is upside down then use the flipped options which rotate everything by 180 degrees. 

  1. Select the monitor to adjust in the rearrange displays section 
  2. Select the orientation from the following 
  • Landscape 
  • Portrait 
  • Landscape (Flipped) 
  • Portrait (Flipped) 

Multiple displays 

This enables you to decide how to view multiple monitors. 

  • Duplicate desktop — Shows the same desktop on both displays.  This option is useful if you are showing a presentation 
  • Extend — Expands the primary desktop to the secondary display.  This is the option normally used with multiple screens 
  • Show only on 1 – Shows information only on the primary screen 
  • Show only on 2 – Shows information only on the secondary screen.  This can be useful if you want to close a laptop and only work off a main monitor 
Multiple Displays

The keyboard shortcut to flip between these options is the following: Windows key + P 

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