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How to change the Refresh Rate on a Monitor?

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One important factor to consider when you want to improve the smoothness of your display is the refresh rate of your monitor. The refresh rate determines how many times your screen updates the images it displays per second. By changing the refresh rate, you can achieve smoother motion, reduce eye strain, and enhance your viewing experience.

In this article, we discussed Refresh Rate, how it affects the graphics and how to change it on your PC.

You can also watch our videos on the same topic in English and Hindi.

Also read: What are high refresh rate monitors?

What is the Refresh Rate?

The monitor’s refresh rate means how many times it shows a new picture in one second. For instance, a monitor with a refresh rate of 60 Hz displays 60 pictures in just one second. If the refresh rate is too low, it can make your screen flicker.

The best refresh rate to choose depends on what you are doing on your computer. For regular tasks like browsing or writing, 60Hz is good enough. But if you’re playing games or doing visually demanding activities, it’s better to go for higher refresh rates like 144Hz or 240Hz.

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Refresh Rate’s effect on graphics

If your monitor has a low refresh rate, the graphics may appear unstable, spoiling your gaming or viewing experience. On the other hand, when used with suitable hardware, a monitor with a high refresh rate will display a smooth and fluid picture.

A decent refresh rate is crucial, especially when playing fast-paced, action-packed games or the latest high-budget first-person shooters. Rough and unstable graphics ruin the visual appeal and affect your reaction time. Even a single frame can make a significant difference in highly competitive online matches.

That’s why professional eSports players consider a high refresh rate monitor a necessity. Many gaming experts prefer lower-resolution Full HD (FHD) or Quad HD (QHD) displays because they provide better refresh rates than visually appealing 4K screens.

How to change the Refresh Rate on PC?

To change the monitor’s refresh rate, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Right-click on the desktop, and in the dropdown menu, click on the Display settings option.

Step 2: In the display settings window, scroll down on the right side of the window and click on Advanced Display settings available under the Multiple Displays section.

Step 3: Click on Display adapter properties for Display. If you have multiple displays, choose the display from the dropdown list under Choose Display and then click on the display adapter properties for the Display.

Step 4: In the pop-up window, click on the Monitor tab; under the Monitor Settings section, click on the dropdown list and select the refresh rate for your monitor. Click on Apply button and then click on the OK button.

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