Adjust Display Settings in Windows 10

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Changing the display settings in Windows 10, or any PC for that matter is something all computer owners have to do at some point or another. Everything from the screen resolution, right through to connecting additional monitors is handled from the display settings. If you're running Windows 10 on a laptop, for example, being comfortable with editing the display setting is important because screen brightness plays a significant role in battery usage.

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Windows 10 also comes equipped with nightlight settings. Similar to what you see on most modern smartphones, the nightlight option helps lower the level of blue light that LCD's output. This is extremely helpful because studies have shown that exposure to computer monitors before bedtime can delay a user's natural ability to fall asleep. If you're someone what works on a PC in the hours directly before bedtime, the night light feature is almost a necessity.

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In the following VisiHow guide we'll go through all the display settings found in Windows 10. For this article, we used a Sager laptop running Windows 10 Pro. Windows 10 home users can follow along as there is no difference between the two OS's regarding the display settings.

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Change Display Settings in Windows 10

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    On your keyboard, press the windows key + X at the same time. You can also right-click on the desktop and select "Display settings".
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    When the quick links menu appears, click "Settings".
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    From the Settings window, click "System".
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    The first option inside Display settings is to adjust the brightness of your screen
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    Move the slider horizontally to achieve the desired brightness. Remember on a laptop that is on battery power will use more power with a brighter display.
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    Next is the Night light toggle switch and settings link
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    To turn Night light on, toggle the switch, or, for more options, click "Night light settings".
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    On the Night light settings window, you can turn it on or off, as well as adjust the temperature
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    Move the slider horizontally to achieve the desired Night light level.
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    We can also set the Night light feature to turn on and off based on a schedule
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    Toggle the switch under "Schedule night light". If you want the Night light to turn on and off exactly at sunset and sunrise, you'll have to have Location services enabled.
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    To set your own schedule, click the radio button next to "Set hours"
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    Next, click on Turn on and Turn off to adjust the times.
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    Next we come to Scale and layout
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    Changing this setting will make everything (text, windows, images, etc.) smaller or bigger. Click the drop-down arrow to choose a scaling percentage.
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    When the drop-down box expands, select the desired percentage to scale your display to.
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    Some applications won't be scaled until you sign out and back in
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    Click "Sign out now" to ensure changes are applied to all apps.
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    Continuing along we come to "Resolution"
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    Click the drop-down arrow to view the available resolutions your display can be set to.
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    When the Resolution drop-down box expands, choose the desired resolution
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    Keep in mind this will vary depending on both the size of your monitor/screen and quality of your display adapter/video card.
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    Next is Orientation
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    Click the drop-down arrow to change the display's orientation.
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    When the Orientation drop-down box expands, select either; Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (flipped), or Portrait (flipped).
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Using Multiple Displays in Windows 10

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    To make use of another monitor or display, connect it to your video card or laptop with the appropriate cable
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    Next, click the drop-down arrow under Multiple displays.
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    When the Multiple displays drop-down expands, select one of the following; Duplicate these displays - This will make both displays identical, Extend these displays - This will create one large desktop with both displays being combined, Show only on 1 - This will display on monitor 1 only, Show only on 2 - This will display on monitor 2 only.
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    Once you've made a selection, the following timer will appear
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    If you don't select "keep changes" before the 10 seconds run out, your display will revert to the original settings.
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    Windows 10 can also connect to a wireless display
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    Click either "Detect" or "Connect to a wireless display". Please note that Windows 10 utilizes Miracast Standard, so your wireless display must support it.
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    If you click Connect to a wireless display, the following windows will appear on the right-hand side of your screen
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    Windows will search for your wireless display and list it once it is found.
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Access Display Adapter Settings and Color Calibration

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    To view your video card settings, click "Display adapter properties".
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    These options will vary depending on the display adapter you're using on your system
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    Click "Properties" for additional options/settings.
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    Here you can view several different options and settings on your adapter
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    One important thing to keep an eye on is your video card's driver.
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    To calibrate your display, select the "Color management" tab from the main properties window, then click on the "Color management" button.
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    On the Color management window, click "Calibrate display" under the Display Calibration section. Follow all the instructions in the following windows to properly calibrate your display.
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