- Users of Windows 95/98/me

- QuickRes for Windows 95

- Users of Windows 3.x

Author: Juan Herrerías Rey


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How to change the screen resolution


First, we will have to be sure that we can change it; the ancient videocards, like the CGA, EGA or standard VGA were possessing a fixed and invariable resolution; the most modern (SVGA, XGA...) yes can change it between a more or less wide fan of combinations, which will depend also on the number of colors and on the memory of the card.

Also, we cannot forget that the elected resolution will have to be projected in the monitor, for what of nothing serves to us a card capable of giving 1.024x768 points, if the monitor cannot support any more of 640x480; it is more, if we exceed his capacities, we can damage it seriously; for it, the first thing there is an exhaustive cross-check of the manuals of the card and, especially, of the monitor.

... Any way to admit a resolution of 800x600 points (also known like "SVGA") is almost forced for any monitor with less four years of age.

As soon as these ends were verified, the way of changing the resolution depends entirely on the operating system at which we are employed; if you use Windows 3.x, pulsate here; if it uses Windows 95/98/me, keep on reading.


Users of Windows 95/98/me

Join! No, that was with "proletarians of the world...", good, to what it was going. In the Windows 9x, to change screen is the simplest; it is enough with:

  1. to gain access to the Properties of Screen, what it is possible to do of 2 forms:
    • from the Control panel (in "My PC"; or in "Beginning-> Configuration"), in the icon "Screen":
    • or pulsating with the right button of the mouse in any clear place of the office and selecting "Properties";
  2. to go to the eyelash of "Configuration" (if his videocard is "of mark", it is possible that the operations that we are going to describe are realized in some another additional eyelash that the controlers of the card provide; in such a case, look for the manuals of the same one if it does not manage to apply this explanation to his particular case);
  1. to change "Area of the office", as well as the colors and the size of the sources, if he wishes it; remember that the resolution and the colors are related between themselves, for what some combinations it is possible that they are not available;
  2. to pulsate in "Accepting"; and to begin again if it indicates it to us. If it had some problem, like for example an image like codified and illegible: extinguish the monitor, rapidly!, begin the system again, pulsateF5 on having started to enter the Way mistakes test and install again the previous drivers or more appropriate others.
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QuickRes for Windows 95

Activation of the icon of the bar of tasks in Windows 95 OSR2

Eye, for Windows 95 "original version"; in the version OSR2, as well as in Windows 98 and ME it is already incorporated between the configuration of the screen like "Showing configuration icon in the tasks bar" (a pigeonhole that in the last Windows is inside the paragraph "Advanced post...").

It is a question of an application that allows to change in any moment the resolution of the screen of an easy and rapid way, and especially WITHOUT BEGINNING Windows AGAIN. His quality is quite high (it belongs to the engineers of Microsoft of which they did Windows 95) and is FREE.

It belongs to the PowerToys for Windows 95, added children that Microsoft sets within reach of all on his Web pages (although not few ones think that where they should be from a beginning it is inside the same Windows 95).

It can lower it from here or to go to the Web of Microsoft ( to obtain the finished series of PowerToys; if only he is interested in the QuickRes, pulsate here to lower it in compressed format EXE autoexpandible, and continue these instructions to install it:

  1. execute the file "QUIK_RES.EXE" (from "Beginning-> to Execute", or with a double clic), so that it is decompressed;
  2. look for the file "QUICKRES.INF" and pulsate on him with the right button; choose to "Install", indicate him the directory where it has decompressed the program and it would be already quite... if it was not because the program commits a small error;
  3. the program installs a direct access to the program in the beginning folder, but in that of the English version of Windows 95 (I initiate-> You Programme-> Startup), instead of in that of the Spaniard (I initiate-> You Programme-> I Initiate). To correct it, pulsate in the tasks bar with the right button, choose "Properties", go to "Programs of the menu I initiate", "Advanced options", and arrange the offense copying the direct access to the appropriate place.
Ahora, cada vez que arranque Windows 95, aparecerá un pequeño icono en la Barra de Tareas junto al reloj that will allow him to change the resolution concerning seconds.


Users of Windows 3.x

To change the resolution into the ancient versions of Windows 3.x is a somewhat "pedestrian" topic, unless the controlers of the videocard bring a specific program for it (typical case of the family of cards Trident of the series 9xxx, for example, or "of mark"), therefore I recommend to him first to verify if it has the controlers installed ("drivers") correct, or works with the standard VGA of Windows 3.x.

If it does not find anything that looks like a "Control panel" of the videocard (an icon called "Screen control" or similar), the classic method "to hand" is this one:

  1. have close his diskettes of Windows, as well as those of the videocard (if it has them; it can get connected to Internet and look some more updated, if it is that they still exist);
  2. go out of Windows and, from TWO, go to the directory of Windows 3.x (for example, by means of the order "CD C:\WINDOWS");
  3. mess TO "INSTALL"; go to "Monitor" and touch Intro to go to the area of selection of cards and resolutions;
  1. look for his graphic card, as well as for the resolution that he wishes; often there appear the terms "Large Font" (LF, big sources) and "Small Font" (SF, small sources);
  2. if his card is not, and you have a diskette with the controlers, go at the end of the list and choose "Other; controler given by the manufacturer". Touch Intro, indicates the source (typically "To:"), and after this new options will appear for his card in the list;
  3. if his card is not, and it does not have a diskette, try with the controler for standard SVGA; it is quite compatible and it offers 800x600 points, although only 16 colors.

It is already. Return to Windows and observe the result; if he does not convince him, try again or do a search for Internet of his updated drivers. I'm sorry but there is no way of reducing the process (there is no standard "QuickRes" for Windows 3.x, if only I do not know), but it is possible that he gets accustomed to working to 800x600 points (especially if it combines it with big sources) and I did not need to do it any more, who knows...


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