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How to Change Screen Refresh Rate of a Display in Windows 10

The refresh rate is the number of frames per second your monitor can display. Hertz frequency is used as the measurement at which the screen is redrawn.

Using a high frequency rate will usually give clearer visibility, which results in less strain on their eyes and headaches.

The available refresh rates for a display will depend on the monitor, its driver, and the set screen resolution.

This tutorial will show you how to change the screen refresh rate of each separate display connected to the PC for all users in Windows 10.


Here's How:

1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to open Display settings.

2. Open Settings, click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 4 below.

3. Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on Display settings, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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4. If you have more than one display connected to your PC, select a display (ex: "1") that you want to change the screen resolution of. (see screenshot below)

If all your displays are not shown, then click/tap on the Detect link to see if Windows can find it.

If you are not sure which display belongs to what number, then you can click/tap on the Identify link to have each display's number appear briefly to see.


Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, you can skip this step, and go directly to step 5 below instead.

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5. Click/tap on the Display adapter properties link at the bottom. (see screenshots below)

Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, you will need to click/tap on the Advanced display settings link instead, and then click/tap on the Display adapter properties for Display # link for the display you want to change the screen refresh rate of.

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6. Do step 7 (select) or step 8 (display mode) below for how you would like to change the screen refresh rate of the selected display.


 7. To Select a Screen Refresh Rate

A) Click/tap on the Monitor tab. (see screenshot below)

B) Select a Screen refresh rate in the drop menu you want for the selected display.

C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 9 below.

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 8. To Select a Display Mode with Screen Refresh Rate

A) In the Adapter tab, click/tap on the List All Modes button. (see screenshot below)

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B) Select a display mode you want that has the screen resolution and screen refresh rate you want for the selected display, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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9. If the selected screen refresh rate or display mode looks good to you, click/tap on Keep changes. (see screenshot below)

You will have 15 seconds to select Keep changes or Revert before it will automatically revert back to the previous screen refresh rate or display mode.

This can be handy if the changes prevented you from being able to see this dialog.

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10. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn