This post shows students and new users the steps to change the refresh rate of their monitor when using Windows 11. Windows allows users to change or adjust the refresh rate of their screen. The refresh rate of a screen is the number of times per second that the image is updated on the screen.

An optimal refresh rate determines how smoothly movement appears on the screen. For those who play games with fast-moving actions, a higher refresh rate can help improve your overall gaming experience.

Windows automatically selects the best refresh rate for your display. In most cases, an average user shouldn’t even bother adjusting their screen refresh rate. However, those who use their PCs for other activities such as gaming and watching movies can change their refresh rate to improve their experience.

A higher refresh rate will consume more power and reduce battery life by consuming more power. So keep that in mind, especially laptop users.

The new Windows 11 comes packed with many new features with a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading posts about it.

To start changing the screen refresh rate in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to change the screen refresh rate in Windows 11

Adjusting the screen refresh rate can help improve your experience when playing games with fast-moving actions or watching movies that require a higher refresh rate. Whatever your reason, Windows allows you to adjust the refresh rate of your computer screen from the Settings panel.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from the System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click System, then select Monitor on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

In the Display Settings pane, under Related Settings, click Advanced display as highlighted below.

In the advanced display settings panel, use the drop-down option to choose a different refresh rate for your display.

As mentioned above, a higher speed provides a smoother movement, but also consumes more energy.

Once you change or choose a different rate, Windows will Keep changes and start using the new rate or Return and go back to the refresh rate set above.

That should be it.


In this tutorial we have seen how to choose a different refresh rate than the one Windows selected automatically. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.

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