How to Find Your Screen Resolution

By Foye Robinson

Your current screen resolution tells the monitor how content is displayed. Screen resolution is determined by the monitor and video adapter. A higher screen resolution uses more pixels, which makes images appear sharper on your screen. It also displays more items on the screen and uses smaller icons. A lower screen resolution uses less pixels and displays less items on the monitor. Finding the screen resolution only takes a few minutes in Windows and Macintosh.

In Microsoft Windows

Step 1

Right-click on the Desktop.

Step 2

Select "Screen resolution" from the pop-up menu.

Step 3

Go to the "Resolution" section of the window. Your current screen resolution is selected.

In Apple Macintosh

Step 1

Click the Apple menu in the left end of the main menu bar.

Step 2

Select "Systems Preferences."

Step 3

Select "Displays" in the Systems Preferences window. Your current resolution is selected under "Resolutions" in the "Display" tab.