How to Change Monitor Refresh Rate on Windows 10

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Monitor refresh rate is very crucial for your day-to-day use. It can affect your computing experience to a great extent. Whether you are watching videos or playing games, the higher your refreshing rate is, the smoother your computing experience. So, how to change monitor refresh rate on Windows 10? Get along with us to find the answers.

60Hz is counted as the standard refreshing rate for any monitor, but if one wants to watch 4k videos or play games, then it’s better to have a higher Refreshing Rate for a smoother experience. In that case, if your monitor supports a higher Refreshing Rate than 60Hz, then you can change your Monitor Refresh Rate manually.

You can alter the monitor refresh rate in two different ways, one is via the built-in setting on Windows 10, and another is through Graphics Card, of course, if you have them installed on your computer.

I will guide you on how you can change Monitor Refreshing Rate using those two methods mentioned above.

But first, it’s essential to have some basic knowledge about the term Monitor Refresh Rate, why it matters, and how it works.

How to Change Monitor Refresh Rate on Windows 10

What is Monitor Refresh Rate

Monitor refresh rate refers to how many new images your monitor can draw in a second. So, for example, if a monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate, it updates the image 60 times per second.

Monitor refresh rate is measured in Hz (Hertz), and for gaming, it’s FPS (Frames Per Second). It’s the same idea under a different name. 

The standard refresh rate for any monitor is 60Hz it can be 59Hz on different computers; the highest available Refresh Rate is 360Hz. So if it’s lower than 59Hz, then your video card drivers are missing. So you should install a video card driver.

A higher refresh rate reduces visual flickering; it makes videos look smoother, and the gaming experience is a lot thrilling. 

Old CRT monitors had a severe issue of visual flickering if the refresh rate is not changed. The flickering was visible to naked eyes. But nowadays, LCD or LED monitors don’t have that kind of serious problem. Still, if you want a smoother and more detailed gaming experience and visually soothing videos on your monitor, you must update your refresh rate to a higher capacity.

For this reason, expensive gaming monitors have a higher refreshing rate than the regular 60Hz Display. So yes, the maximum refresh rate depends on your monitor and how much you are willing to spend. 

Built-in Method to Change Monitor Refresh Rate on Windows 10

To change the Monitor Refresh Rate on Windows 10 manually, follow the steps mentioned below –

  1. At first, Right Click on your desktop and select Display Settings.
select Display Settings.
  1. You can see Display Settings, now scroll down a bit, and you will find an option called Advanced display settings.
find an option called Advanced display settings
  1. Click on that Advanced display settings to continue, and you will find an option called Display adapter properties for display 1.
find an option called Display adapter properties for display 1.
  1. Again Click on the before mentioned option, and a pop-up window will appear on your screen. Sometimes the window appears in the background, so if you don’t see the window firsthand, don’t be upset, minimize the main window, and you will find it.
Screen Refresh Rate
  1. As the last step of this process, find the Monitor tab; click on it, and you will see an option named screen refresh rate under Monitor Settings. Now choose your desired refresh rate among the supported ones and hit the OK button. Now your monitor refresh rate has been changed, and you are good to go.

How to Change Monitor Refresh Rate Using Graphics Card Settings

We saw the most popular way to change the Monitor Refresh Rate on windows 10 through a built-in setting. But there is another way to do that if you have any Graphics Card installed on your computer.

Almost all the Graphics Card have the same settings with slightly different names. Since NVIDIA Graphic Card is the most popular among the others, I will demonstrate the process using the NVIDIA Graphic Card example.

First, go to your desktops bottom right corner and go to Graphics Card Settings, then Click on NVIDIA Control Panel under NVIDIA Experience; for other users, it might be Graphic Card Control Settings.

As for the second step, you will find options similar to Change Monitor Setting or Change Monitor Resolution. For NVIDIA users, Click Display, and then you will find an option named Change resolution. Click on the option, and the Refresh Rate dialogue box will appear and then, change the refresh rate according to your need and hit the Apply button. You are all set.


Visual flickering can affect your computing experience. With the advancement of technology, we evolved from CRT monitors to LCD and LED. Nowadays, most monitors are either LCD or LED; almost every monitor comes with a 60Hz refresh rate, and visual flickering cannot be seen with bare eyes. 

But if you want more than that and want a more detailed video watching experience or smoother gaming experience, you have to change your Monitor Refresh Rate to at least 144Hz to 240Hz.

Changing Monitor Refresh Rate is accessible on Windows 10, as shown above; for that reason, you will also need a good monitor. It will cost you some money but give you a better experience.

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