The precision of the text and images that are displayed on your computer monitor depends upon the screen revolution. At elevated resolutions such as 1600 x 1200 pixels, the text and images are sharper but smaller. Hence a lot of icons can fit on the screen. At lesser resolutions, the text and images are larger and they are not much sharper. Only a few icons can fit on the screen.
Now you may think that for getting a sharper image you can increase the screen resolution. But you can use only resolutions that are supported by your monitor. CRT monitors which work well at diverse resolutions exhibit a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or 800 x 600 pixels. Laptop screens and flat-panel displays that are termed as LCD monitors support only higher resolutions and they work best at a precise resolution. Increasing the resolution depends upon a number of factors like size and competence of the monitor. A wide screen monitor can support higher resolution. You have to set up your screen resolution considering the sort of video card you have.
If you wish to change the resolution of your monitor according to your needs, click Start button. In the Control Panel, click Open Screen Resolution. Under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust screen resolution and select the desired resolution. If you desire to use this new resolution, click Keep to use. If you want to proceed with the previously set up resolution, click Revert.
In the case of LCD monitors there is no need to set up its resolution. You can see sharper images at the default resolution which is known as the native resolution. In order to find the natural resolution of your monitor, you can go through the product manual or visit the manufacturer’s website or by using the Open Screen Resolution under the control panel.
A standard LCD monitor has width to height ratio as 4:3 while a wide-screen has a ratio of 16:9 or 16:10. The resolution of the wide screen is typically more than that of the standard screen. If you modify the screen resolution of your computer, all the users who have logged on to your computer will be affected. If you set up a resolution that won’t be supported by your monitor, a black screen can be viewed and your monitor will change back to the unique resolution.
Having no native resolution, the resolution offering 32-bit color and 72-Hertz refresh rate makes a better color display for a CRT monitors. LCD monitors display text better than a CRT monitor. Set up your LCD monitor to 32-bit color. This will ensure the best color display in your monitor. If your monitor is set up to 24-bit color, all the visual effects can’t be seen and for a 16-bit color smooth images may not appear correctly. If your screen flickers, refresh rate should be increased so that you’ll be comfortable with the screen. LCD monitors don’t flicker and hence there is no necessity of increasing their refresh rates.