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Change Display Refresh Rate in Windows 11

The refresh rate of a display is the number of times per second that the image refreshes on the screen. For example, a 60Hz display will update the screen 60 times per second.

Overall, the refresh rate determines how smoothly motion appears on your screen. For example, if you’re playing a game that has a lot of fast-moving action, a higher refresh rate can help improve your overall gaming experience to keep up with the action. A higher refresh can also help you get a better experience with smoother motion when you’re browsing the web or using a digital pen to write or draw.

A higher refresh rate can also reduce battery life because it uses more power. So if you’re using a laptop or tablet and want to save some battery, you could lower the refresh rate. However, that might also reduce the overall experience when you’re using your device.

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

This tutorial will show you how to change the refresh rate of a display for all users in Windows 11.

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Change Display Resolution in Windows 11

Display resolution refers to the clarity of the text and images displayed on your screen. At higher resolutions, such as 1600 x 1200 pixels, items appear sharper. They also appear smaller so more items can fit on the screen. At lower resolutions, such as 800 x 600 pixels, fewer items fit on the screen, but they appear larger.

The resolution you can use depends on the resolutions your monitor supports. Old CRT monitors generally display a resolution of 800 Ă— 600 or 1024 Ă— 768 pixels and can work well at different resolutions. Modern LCD or LED monitors and laptop/tablet built-in displays support higher resolutions, such as 4K and 8K, and work best at their native resolution.

You don’t have to set your monitor to run at its native resolution, but it is recommended in order to ensure you see the sharpest text and images possible.

This tutorial will show you how to change the resolution of each separate display for all users in Windows 11.

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How to Rearrange Multiple Displays in Windows 10

You will see the Rearrange your displays option available in Settings > System > Display when Windows 10 detects more than one display currently connected. Each display will be numbered to help you identify them more easily.

If you have multiple displays, you can change how they are arranged. This is helpful if you want your displays to match how they are set up in your home or office.

This tutorial will show you how to rearrange the layout of multiple displays in Windows 10.

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How to Run VESA Certified DisplayHDR Tests on Display in Windows 10

The VESA DisplayHDR Group has a free DisplayHDR Test app in the Microsoft Store that allows you to confirm the display parameters including brightness, color and contrast performance of high dynamic range (HDR) laptop and desktop monitors as per the set forth in VESA’s High-Performance Monitor and Display Compliance Test Specification (DisplayHDR).

Created by VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association, this new test tool has a simple keyboard interface that enables professional and lab-level users of off-the-shelf calibration colorimeters to test and evaluate HDR displays at the three performance levels (DisplayHDR 400, 600 and 1000) outlined in the DisplayHDR specification. See

This tutorial will show you how to download and use the DisplayHDR Test app to run VESA Certified DisplayHDR compliance tests on a HDR display in Windows 10.

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How to Remove Display from Desktop in Windows 10

You can prevent Windows 10 from using a connected display without having to disconnect the display, and then easily allowing Windows 10 to use the display again when wanted.

This essentially allows you to remove and restore a connected external display on demand without having to physically disconnect and reconnect the display.

This tutorial will show you how to remove a display from desktop to prevent Windows 10 from using the display, and restore when wanted.

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How to Show News Bar on Primary or Secondary Monitor in Windows 10

The News Bar app brings you the latest news from the Microsoft News network of over 4500 of the world’s most respected journalism brands. In addition, you can configure it to provide you with up to date information throughout the day on your favorite stocks.

Microsoft’s Windows News Bar works just like the Windows Taskbar. It’s there when you need it, where you need it and how you need it. Customize its appearance in settings to find the experience that’s just right for you. If you want to focus, don’t worry, you can minimize the News Bar at any time and then bring it back when you’re ready for it again.

If you have more than one display monitor connected to your computer, you can select to show the News Bar on either the primary (aka: main) or secondary monitor.

This tutorial will show you how to show the News Bar on either the primary or secondary monitor for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Clear and Reset External Display Cache in Windows 10

The display cache in Windows 10 helps the computer to remember what mode and resolution to use when a particular display output is detected from a connected external monitor. This helps avoid having to manually apply all the settings again each time a specific external monitor is connected.

Sometimes the cache may have issues, and you find that the display output is not working properly when you connect to an external monitor.

If this happens, you can reset and clear the display cache to see if that fixes the issue. When you reset and clear the display cache, it will force Windows 10 to forget any connected external monitors and their individual settings stored in the display cache on the computer. The next time you connect to an external display, it will be treated as a newly connected display using the default and optimal settings again.

This tutorial will show you how to clear and reset the external display cache in Windows 10.

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