How To Change Refresh Rate In Windows 10 (Easy Steps)

The refresh rate of your Windows 10 monitor is not suitable and you want to change it?

Well, in this guide I’m going to walk you through exact step by step on how you can change the refresh rate in your Windows 10 monitor. And that too not in one but two different methods. Stay tuned!

What Is The Refresh Rate And Why Is It Important

The refresh rate in your monitor is basically the number of times (measured in hertz) that your monitor will display new information. It is how smoothly the images are moving in your monitor. The higher the refresh rate of your Windows 10 monitor, the smoother your PC updates the information.

You see, in the older CRT monitors, having a high refresh rate is critical because it reduced obvious flickering and gave the user more convenience and a better experience.

But in modern times, the LCDs and OLED displays do not work the same. The problem is that unless the source material you are trying to view isn’t running in a good enough refresh rate, your eyes won’t receive enough information per second resulting in a less smooth moving image.

The one key downfall to increasing your refresh rate is that more data needs to be sent at a faster rate and you need a better and quicker processor and more storage for operating with a higher frame rate content. And at the same time, for gaming, you need a better graphics card or either way, you can try enabling your game mode.

Use Your Display Settings To Change The Refresh Rate

To implement this method, firstly go to the home screen of your desktop. And then right-click on an empty area.

After that, you click on “Display settings” (It would be “Screen resolution” if you are having a Windows 7/8 operating system).

Open your Display settings

Then, you will be taken to another new tab. Now you scroll a bit and then you will see this option called “Advanced display settings” and you click on that.

Click on the "Advanced display settings" option

And then on the “Advanced display settings” tab, you will see the option to called the “Display adapter properties” and you click on that. If you have a multiple monitor setup, you can also choose the monitor where you want to change the refresh rate based on the “Display adapter properties” of your preferred monitor.

Click on the Display adapter properties option

And then you will open up a new tab which will be your display adapter properties tab (If it doesn’t open up, simply minimize the current tabs you are having because the popup can be behind, which is pretty disturbing).

After you open up the new tab, simply click on this option which says “monitor” and then you will see the “screen refresh rate” drop-down. And you can change your refresh rate based on your preference.

Use display settings to change refresh rate

Under the drop-down menu through which you can choose your preferred refresh rate, you will see this option which says “Hide modes that this monitor cannot display”. This will show you options your monitor can’t support. And these are not compatible with your Windows 10 monitor. Thus, you might even see the Windows 10 black screen with cursor error or various faulty and error messages popping up.

And many times you will see this option disabled as well. Enabling this feature is something which is not suggested by me because it can potentially damage your monitor.

Then click on “Apply” and then “OK”. And then you can repeat the exact same steps for your other monitors if you have a multiple monitor setup 😉

Change Your Refresh Rate Through Your Graphics Card Settings

To execute this method, you need to open up your graphics card control settings. And the problem is that the settings are not going to be the exact same as we will mention in this guide but they are pretty alike.

But you can follow the above steps…

You simply right click on an empty area of your computer home screen and then click on your “graphics card control panel”.

Open your graphics card control panel

Or either way, you can head over to the taskbar and then click on your “graphics card” icon. From there I right click on it and then go to your “graphics card control panel”.

Open control panel through taskbar

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Then you will open up a new tab. You will look for a subsection under an option such as “Display”. And then go to “Change resolution”.

After that, you can choose the preferred monitor where you want to change the refresh rate. And then, after you select it, you can change it through the dropbox which says “Refresh rate” and then choose your desired refresh rate to your Windows 10 monitor.

Change refresh rate through graphics card settings


Well, these are two easy ways through which you can change the refresh rate of your Windows 10 computer.

Also, you can check out this guide on the difference between FPS (Frames per second) and refresh rate 😉

I hope this guide of ours benefited you and if it did please give it a small social share so that you can educate your friends and family members about it 😀

Also, which was your favorite method? Let us know in the comments and if you have any queries about this topic, feel free to comment down below! We will surely respond 😀

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