How To: Achieve Maximum Screen Resolution in Windows 8

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Some computers that come preloaded with Windows 8 automatically make text, title bars, and other parts of the user interface larger than they need to be. Even if your screen resolution is set to the highest possible setting in Control Panel, your graphics card may be enlarging everything to 125% on its own. This tutorial will show you how to achieve the maximum screen resolution on your Windows 8 PC.

In the screenshots above, the Snipping Tool window on the left is how the computer displays it by default. After completing the following steps, it displays like the Snipping Tool window on the right.

1. Adjust Screen Resolution in Control Panel

Screen Resolution Control Panel

In Control Panel, go to Appearance and Personalization > Display > Screen Resolution. Make sure that the resolution is set as high as the software will allow you to change it. On this particular laptop, the highest setting is 1366 x 768. Depending on whether you have a large or small screen, this number will vary from computer to computer.

2. Search for “text” Using the Windows 8 Search Charm

Search Charm
Using the Windows 8 Search Charm (how to access the Windows 8 Search Charm), search for “text.” Select the option to “Make text and other items larger or smaller.”

3. Change the Size from 125% to 100%

Windows Resolution
Change the setting from 125% to 100%. Some Windows 8 computers make 100% the default and some make 125% the default. It really depends on the make/model of your PC. By manually changing this setting to 100%, you will be achieving the maximum screen resolution possible on your Windows 8 computer.

Ian Eberle
Computer science major at Northwest Florida State College. I enjoy programming, web design, technology opinion, and following the news.
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