How to Change Your Monitor’s Refresh Rate on Windows 10

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In Windows 10, your monitor refresh rate determines how often your display image is updated every second. More is usually better. If you need to change your monitor’s refresh rate, Windows 10 makes it easy for you. Here’s how.

What is a monitor refresh rate?

A monitor refresh rate is the frequency with which the image updates on your screen. For example, a refresh rate of 60Hz means that the image on your monitor refreshes 60 times per second. As 120Hz refresh rate means the image is updating 120 times per second. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the movement on your screen.

On older CRT monitors, some people perceive flicker at lower refresh rates, so monitors that support higher refresh rates produce a more stable image that is more pleasing to your eyes. LCD monitors do not experience flicker, so lower refresh rates are generally acceptable for most users. Usually you want to use the highest refresh rate supported by your monitor. native resolution.

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How to change your refresh rate in display settings

From Windows 10 October 2020 update, you can now choose your refresh rate directly in the new Settings app. Here’s how. (If you’re using an older version of Windows 10, see the section below.)

First, right click on your desktop and select “Display Settings” from the menu that appears. (You can also open “Settings” and go to System> Display.)

In “Display settings”, scroll down and click on “Advanced display settings”.

Under “Advanced display settings”, locate the “Refresh rate” section. Click on the “Refresh rate” drop-down menu. From the menu that appears, select the refresh rate you want to use.

Windows will test the new refresh rate for approximately 15 seconds. If the image looks correct, click “Keep”. Otherwise, click “Revert” or wait for the countdown to complete and the monitor will automatically revert to the previous refresh rate.

Once you’re happy with your refresh rate, close settings.

Select a refresh rate on older versions of Windows 10

If you’re using an older version of Windows 10, here’s how to change your monitor’s refresh rate. First, right click on your desktop and select “Display Settings”.

In “Display settings”, scroll down and select “Advanced display settings”.

If you have more than one monitor, select the monitor you want to configure from the “Choose a monitor” drop-down list. Then scroll down and click on “Display Adapter Properties”.

In the window that appears, click on the “Monitor” tab, then on the drop-down menu labeled “Screen refresh rate” and choose the refresh rate you want to use.

Then click on “OK” to save your changes and the window will close. Then you can close the settings. Have a cool day!

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