How to Change Resolution on HDTV

By James Clark

A high-definition television screen is typically in a 16:9 ratio, which is a rectangular screen. The standard resolution for HDTV is expressed as 1280 x 720. On virtually all HDTV sets, you can adjust the resolution using the remote control by accessing the main menu and the sub-menus that display on your screen. Changing the resolution is simply a matter of pushing a few buttons. The exact wording of the menu options may vary slightly depending on your HDTV model, but the procedure is essentially the same.

Step 1

Turn on the power to your HDTV by pressing the button on the set or the corresponding button on your remote control.

Step 2

Press the "Menu" button to display settings options on your TV screen.

Step 3

Push the down arrow button to scroll to "Display Settings" or similar wording. Highlight this option and press the right-arrow button or "Enter."

Step 4

Select "Screen Resolution" or similar wording and scroll to the desired resolution setting. The 1280 x 720 setting is standard for HDTV. Press the right-arrow button or "Enter" to save the setting.

Step 5

Press "Menu" to exit the settings options. On some HDTVs, just wait a few seconds and the screen will clear automatically.