Enjoy smoother images by changing this option on your screen

Usually the faster the screen refreshes, faster and smoother it will be our viewing experience. In the same way, the slower the images on the screen are updated, the less fluid this experience will be and can end up leading to flickering on the monitor and causing both headaches and eyestrain.

Laptop screens typically have a standard 60Hz refresh rate. However, if you’re using a desktop monitor, it may have a higher refresh rate of 90Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz.

If our screen has a refresh rate of 60Hz. which is considered one of the standards, means that it is capable of showing us up to 60 frames per second. In general, the videos have a frequency of 30, so 60 Hz would be enough. But of course, as the demands increase, this value should also be higher, which is why many manufacturers are already launching screens with a higher refresh rate as 90Hz, 120Hz or 144Hz.

That is why if we want to enjoy it to the fullest while we play or browse a website, we can increase or decrease the refresh rate according to the specifications of our screen.

Change the hertz in Windows 10

To be able to modify the refresh rate in Windows 10, we must access the Configuration menu, for which we can use the “Windows + I” key combination or right-click on the Start menu icon and select Configuration. Then click on the “System” section. This will open a new window, in which we will select the “Screen” option in the left side menu. Next, we scroll to the bottom and click “Advanced display settings”.

Advanced display settings in Windows 10

In the new screen that appears we can select the screen to see or change its configuration. It will also show us more information about it, such as the resolution, its refresh rate, the bit depth, the color format and the color space. Next, we click “Show display adapter properties”.

Show display adapter properties in Windows 10

This will open a new floating window where we must click on the “Monitor” tab. Here in the “Monitor configuration” section we find the “Display refresh rate”. Click on the drop-down menu to see other available options. Once finished, click on Apply and OK so that the changes are saved and applied automatically.

Set the frequency in Windows 11

The fastest way to change the update frequency in Windows 11 is through the Settings menu, which we access by pressing the keyboard shortcut “Windows + I”. Later in the left side menu we select the “System” section and in the right panel we click on “Screen”.

In the new window that appears, we scroll to the bottom until we locate the “Related configuration options” section, where we select the option “Advanced screen”.

Advanced screen in Windows 11

Within the advanced configurations for the monitor, we can select a screen to see or change its configuration, something ideal in case we use several monitors at the same time, since we can choose which one we want to make the changes on.

Just below it will show us information about the screen, such as the graphics card to which it is connected, the resolution and active refresh rate, the bit depth, the color format and the color space.

Choose an update frequency in Windows 11

Later we find the section that most interests us called “Choose a refresh rate”. Now it is only necessary to click on the box on the right to be able to change the refresh rate of the monitor, the change taking place automatically.

Use the Intel UHD Graphics Control Panel

In the event that our computer has an integrated Intel graphics card, we can use the Intel UHD Graphics Control Panel to change the screen refresh rate. To access it, we can write its name in the search box of the Start menu and select it or press the key combination «Ctrl + Alt + F12». Once opened, we select the section of “Screen” which we find in the lower left.

Intel UHD Graphics and Display Control Panel

In the new screen that appears we can select the screen on which we want to make the adjustments. Next we can change the resolution of this and just below we have the option to “Update frequency”. We simply have to click on the arrow to display its menu and choose the desired fresh rate. The change will take place automatically.

Intel UHD Graphics Control Panel Refresh Rate

From the NVIDIA Control Panel

If our PC has an NVIDIA graphics card, we can also use its control panel to adjust and change the refresh rate. To access this application, just click with the right mouse button on a blank space in the Start menu, and in the context menu select NVIDIA Control Panel.

NVIDIA Refresh Rate Control Panel

Once opened, in the menu on the left within the “Screen” section we click on “Change resolution”. Later, in the panel on the right, we select the screen for which we want to change the update frequency. Finally, we click on the dropdown menu of “Update frequency” and select the desired hertz rate.

Once made, the changes will take effect immediately.

Pages to check the refresh rate of the monitor

Next, we are going to see a series of free tools that will help us determine the refresh rate of our monitor, in case we do not know it. They are web applications, so we can use them from our browser, without having to install any software on our computer.

V-Sync Tester

It is a simple tool that will be put into operation when we access it from the browser through this link to your website. In order for it to work correctly, it requires software with HTML5 support and it will instantly and automatically calculate the refresh rate of the screen, as well as the response delay.

V-Sync Tester

UFO test

This is another free proposal that offers us the update frequency verification function, which is carried out through an internal test that is executed automatically as soon as you access its official website. After a few seconds it will show us both the FPS detected and those supported. In addition, it tells us both pixels per frame and pixels per second. For best results, it is recommended that we close other open tabs and applications in the browser.

UFO test

Frame Rate Tester

This web application was in charge of testing the FPS frequency and comparing them with the screen update. After an animation on the screen to calculate the speed, it informed us of the frequency data obtained. To work, it required as an essential requirement that we have Flash enabled, but since Flash is already dead, this has caused it to no longer work.

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