When looking for a new monitor, one of the things you’ll want to consider is the screen refresh rate. Generally speaking, the higher the refresh rate the better for your viewing.

The refresh rate is the number of times the monitor refreshes its image per second. The refresh rate is measured with Hertz frequency. A monitor with a 60 Hertz refresh rate means the image on the screen will refresh 60 times per second. As it stands today, 60 Hertz is the minimum people want for computer monitors and TVs. Anything below that and you might start to notice problems. Too few hertz and you may be able to see the screen flickering which not only is less enjoyable for your viewing but can also result in more eye strain.

If you’re a gamer, you may want to exceed that number far to help make the gaming experience seem much smoother. It isn’t uncommon, for example, for gamers to have screen refresh rates as high as 240 Hertz. When you’re not gaming, you may want to drop the refresh rate down again since it isn’t necessary.

Not all computer monitors will allow you to change the refresh rate. If you don’t see the option to change refresh rates, it is not a problem with the Windows operating system but rather the monitor. You buy monitors with the refresh rates already built in.

The following tutorial demonstrates how to change the screen refresh rate of a display when you’re using a version of the Windows 10 operating system.

How to Change Screen Refresh Rate of Display in Windows 10

You can change the computer screen refresh rate from the Display settings in the Settings application in Windows 10.

1. Open the Settings app and click on “System” from the Windows Settings menu.
Alternatively, you can right-click on the desktop of the computer and then click on “Display settings” to get to the correct area within the Settings app.

2. From System’s menu, click on “Display” and then scroll down the right side of the window until you see the “Advanced display settings” and click on it.

3. You’ll then see a link available at the bottom for each display that you have connected to the computer. Click on where it says something similar to “Display adapter properties for Display 1” or whatever display it is that you want to change the refresh rate to.

4. From the Adapter tab, click on “List All Modes.”

5. From the list, select one of the different modes available and then click on “OK.” (Even though they may all say the same hertz rate, you can still change the appearance rather dramatically from here.)

6. It shows you a demonstration of how the new screen looks based on your selection. Click on “Keep changes” when you’re happy with your selection.

7. From the Monitor tab, click on the drop-down menu under where it says “Screen refresh rate” and then click on the “OK” button.

That’s all.