How to Check & Change Refresh Rate of a Monitor in Windows

The refresh rate of a monitor is the number of times per second, a monitor updates itself with new images. It is measured in Hertz (Hz). This is an important feature for many PC gamers.

Sometimes you may not even know that your monitor is working at a lower refresh rate. Most monitors will operate at a lower refresh rate by default unless you change it.

Having higher refresh rates help you have a smooth and buttery gaming experience. In this article, I’ll be showing you how to check your monitor’s refresh rate and also change is as per your requirement.

Read this article to find out which is the best refresh rate for you.

How to Change Refresh Rate of a Monitor in Windows 10

Step 1: Right-click on an empty area of the desktop. You’ll see a drop-down menu.

Step 2: Click on the “Display settings” option in the drop-down menu. A pop-up window appears. In this pop-up window, click on “Advanced display settings”.

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Step 3: You’ll be able to see information about monitors connected like Resolution, Refresh rate, Bit depth, etc. 

You can see the specs of various connected monitors by using the “Choose display” option.

Choose the display whose refresh rate you want to change and click on the “Display adapter properties for Display” option. A pop-up window appears.

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Step 4: Choose the “Monitor” tab and click on the Screen refresh rate to see the refresh rates supported by your monitor. Select the refresh rate you want your monitor to operate on and Click on Apply. Finally, press OK.

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You have successfully changed your monitor’s refresh rate on Windows 10.

How to Change Refresh Rate of a Monitor in Windows 7

Step 1: Right-click on an empty area of the desktop. You’ll see a drop-down menu. Click on the “Screen resolution” option in the drop-down menu. A pop-up window appears.

Step 2: Here you can choose the display whose refresh rate you want to change and click on “Advanced settings”. Another pop-up window appears.

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Step 3: Click the “Monitor” tab. You can change the refresh rate of your monitor under the “Screen refresh rate” section.

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Step 4: Click the “Apply” button. Accept the display settings and finally press OK.

You have successfully changed your monitor’s refresh rate in Windows 7.

Troubleshooting

Sometimes you need to do a bit of troubleshooting if windows don’t show all the refresh rates your monitor supports. Here are some tweaks to help you:

  • Some older graphics cards and integrated GPU chipsets do not support higher refresh rates. Check if your Graphics card supports higher refresh rates. You should also try upgrading your graphics drivers to the latest version.
  • Make sure you’re running your monitor in its native resolution. You will not be able to have higher refresh rates running at a lower resolution than your native resolution. 
  • Check the cable you use to connect to the monitor. Always use the cable provided by the manufacturer. Some monitors have a limited refresh rate of 60Hz when connected using an HDMI cable. In such cases, try using a DisplayPort that is supported by the monitor. Always choose high-quality cables to connect to the monitor.
  • If a particular game has its default settings affecting your refresh rates, try tweaking them and set it to your required refresh rate.

If you have any other queries, ask them in the comments section below.

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