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How to Change Screen Resolution

Changing screen resolution on your monitors is easy to do, just follow the instructions here.

My Monitors are in the Wrong Order

Monitors Not ActiveIf your monitors are in the wrong order or not showing, here is how to fix it.  To activate and/or arrange your Multi-Monitors, just right Mouse Click on the desktop background and select Display Settings (Windows 10/11) .

Activate Monitors

First, make sure all of your monitors are activated. If one or more of your monitors are grayed out like #4 in this example, it is not ‘active’. To make it active, go into your Screen Resolution settings and choose Extend Desktop to This Display.

Hit Apply to save changes before proceeding. If monitors are not connected when you boot your PC, the video card will temporarily make them inactive.  Also note that it is normal for displays to flicker temporarily while changing settings.

Changing Resolution Settings

Screen Resolution settings are completely independent for each display. To adjust these settings, select monitor #1 for example by selecting that icon, and change the resolution to your preference. Repeat the step above for EACH of the other displays as necessary. Remember they are all independent settings.

Arrange Monitors

How to change screen resolution / arrange monitors

Now that all of your monitors are active, lets make sure they are in the right ORDER. You will know right away because your mouse will not move between the monitors correctly.

  1. Once all monitors are active, stay in Display Settings and click on the Identify button. A Black box with LARGE WHITE NUMBERS will pop up on each your screens. They will only show for a couple seconds so you may have to click on identify again. Write down the order of the LARGE WHITE numbers as they appear on your screen starting on the upper left if you have 2 rows of monitors.
  2. Next, re-arrange the icons in Display Settings (shown above) to match the order of the large white numbers that came up when you hit Identify. You can rearrange the icons by simply clicking, holding and dragging them around in this window as needed. Ignore the order of the the numbers themselves it does not matter. The goal is to arrange these small icons in the dialog box in the same exact layout that the LARGE white numbers appear when you hit identify
  3. Click Apply, and OK.  Your mouse will now move seamlessly across all monitors.

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