If you have bought a high-end gaming monitor with higher than 60hz, usually at 144hz or 240hz, you will need to change the screen refresh rate of your monitor in Windows 10 in order to allow it to run at your desired refresh rate instead of the default 60hz or 75hz. Here’s a simple guide on how to change the screen refresh rate of Monitor in Windows 10 on laptop or desktop computer.
Monitor in the last few decades were usually designed to run at what we called human perceivable screen refresh rate at 60hz. That was meant to be the best refresh rate for human eyes. However, following the advancement and evolution of e-sports and the gaming industry, the professionals demand higher screen refresh rate monitor. Thus, we have 144hz and even 240hz monitor in the market.
If you have tried on one of those 144hz monitor, you will notice the huge different between it and a casual 60hz monitor. The screen will look much smoother especially in FPS (first person shooter) games such as CSGO and Overwatch. However, if you are looking to change the screen refresh rate in these games, you will have to set it in the game itself, usually in the in-game video settings.
The tutorial in this page is to change the screen refresh rate of Monitor in Windows 10 – the screen refresh rate Windows would use when you’re on the desktop, web browser, file explorer or anything that is not full screen or in Windowed mode (or borderless Windowed mode). So, for some games that you run in Windowed mode instead of full-screen mode, in most cases, the game will use the screen refresh rate you set in Windows 10.
How to Change the Screen Refresh Rate of Monitor in Windows 10
To change the screen refresh rate of your monitor in Windows 10 on laptop or desktop computer, follow the steps below.
- In Windows 10, right-click anywhere on your desktop, and then select Display settings.
- From the right pane, scroll down until you see a blue link that read as Advanced display settings. Click on it.
- Next, click on Display adapter properties for Display 1 (can be display 2 or 3 if you are using you are using the monitor as a second monitor).
- In the next window, go to the Monitor tab.
- Under Screen refresh rate drop down menu, select your desired Hertz rate.
- Click Apply, then OK.
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
The available screen refresh rate options depend on what your monitor can support. For example, the Dell S2716DG I’m using right now can support up to 144 Hertz. Some Acer and Asus gaming monitors have even higher refresh rate such as 240hz or 244hz. Some TVs such as Samsung TV can have refresh rate of 100hz and 120hz which can also be seen in the display option.
So, if your desired refresh rate is not available in the setting as shown above, your monitor or TV is either not supporting the refresh rate as high as what you expect it to or that the monitor driver wasn’t correctly installed. Try to run Windows Update or install the correct monitor driver by downloading the driver from the manufacturer website.
Change refresh rate Windows 10 in Nvidia Control Panel
Optionally, you can also change the screen refresh rate of your monitor in Windows 10 via Nvidia Control Panel or Nvidia Geforce Experience. Here’s how.
Open Nvidia Control Panel. From the left panel, expand Display and then click on Change resolution. On the right, Under Refresh rate, select the screen refresh rate you want your monitor to run in Windows 10.
Change refresh rate Windows 10 for AMD Graphic card
AMD or ATI doesn’t have its own method to change refresh rate like Nvidia. To change the refresh rate of your Monitor if you have an AMD video card, use the Windows method as outlined above.
How to Change Screen Refresh Rate in Windows 10 via Registry
The registry path and folder for each model of monitor is different. Thus, it’s not really possible to list all the path and registry key that can change the refresh rate in Windows 10. Even so, it would not be the recommended method as making changes in the Regedit may cause serious issue if done incorrectly.
Can’t change screen refresh rate in Windows 10
Like mentioned before, make sure your monitor does support refresh rate higher than 60hz or 75hz. You can’t force change the refresh rate of a monitor to 144hz when it’s supporting only up to 60hz. If your monitor supports screen refresh rate of higher than 60hz, it will surely be listed in the display setting as shown above.
Otherwise, try to reinstall your monitor driver. When Windows couldn’t recognize your Monitor properly, it will take it as normal monitor which allows only up to 60hz refresh rate.
If you mean you can’t change screen refresh rate in your games, you need to change it differently in the game itself. Each game will usually have the video settings that allow you to choose the screen resolution along with its screen refresh rate, if you run the game in full-screen mode.
Let us know in the commend section below if you have a different problem with changing screen refresh rate in Windows 10.