Setting up your monitor or monitors correctly is a key part of getting the most out of Microsoft Windows 10. So, what are the key display options, and where can you find them?
The display options can be found in the Settings app by clicking “System”, the display settings are the first options in the system settings.
The main options
The first key display option is “Scaling”. This setting allows you to increase the size of the user interface. Scaling is useful for high-resolution monitors where leaving the scaling at 100% causes the user interface to be too small to be easily usable or readable. Scales are available between 100% and 225%.
The second key setting is the Display Resolution. The resolution should be set to the highest value possible for your monitor, this will allow the most amount of detail to be displayed.
The last key display setting is the Display Orientation. This should be set to match the physical orientation of the monitor. You will likely need landscape but if your monitor is placed sideways then portrait or portrait (flipped) will suit your setup.
Related to the last setting is the option to rearrange your displays, right at the top of the display options. Here you can tell the computer where the monitors really are in relation to each other, this is incredibly useful when your second monitor is not in the direction that windows has assumed by default.
If you’ve got multiple monitors, you can configure how your displays interact with the “Multiple displays” option. You can configure your displays to be duplicated, so the same image is displayed on both monitors, or extended, so you can run your mouse from one monitor to the next. It is also possible to configure your monitors so only one of them is enabled.
You can configure the “Night light” settings near the top of the display settings. The night light applies a blue light filter which is supposed to be better for your eyes and less likely to adversely affect natural sleep patterns.
Finally, the “Windows HD Colour” setting enables support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) in apps. HDR is a feature that supports dynamic backlight levels creating deeper blacks and brighter colours on the screen. Not all monitors support HDR so this feature may not be functional for everyone.