By Ellie / Last Updated July 7, 2022

Can I change screen resolution on Remote Desktop?

 

Here’s a thing that annoys me for a really long time. I used Remote Desktop Connection to remotely access my university Windows 10 computer and use a lot of university applications to finish my studies, and it worked great. The only issue I have is that the screen display isn’t very good. I can see pixels, just like my grandmother’s 1970s television. This irritates me greatly. So, how can I change screen resolution on Remote Desktop Connection?”

- Question from Reddit

Two solutions to change screen resolution on Remote Desktop

Here we sort out two ways how to change screen resolution on Remote Desktop on Windows 10, 11. It’s worth mentioning that Remote Desktop doesn’t allow users to change the screen resolution during a remote session, so please make sure to adjust the screen resolution before you connect to any computer via RDP

Solution 1. Edit the Display Configuration

Step 1. Search for Remote Desktop Connection in the search box and then open it.

RDC

Step 2. Find and click Show Options.

Show Options

Step 3. Switch to the Display tab, find Display configuration, and you’ll see a slider in the middle. Then slide the slider to select the resolution that is closest to what you want.

Display Configuration

Solution 2. Edit the screen resolution size within the RDP file

Step 1. On the General tab, find Connection settings and click Save As.

Save as RDP File

 Step 2. Enter the file name you want for the file and then click Save. For example, I save it as “remote-desktop-home” here. And please remember the file location.

RDP File Name

Step 3. Find the file you just saved and right-click it. Then open it with Notepad.

Open with Notepad

Step 4. After you open the file in Notepad, you can adjust the “desktopwidth” and “desktopheight” to the pixel settings you want. For example, mine is set to 800 × 600.

Width Height

AnyViewer: change screen resolution during remote session easily

Some users may feel the process of changing screen resolution on Remote Desktop a little bit troublesome. Therefore, we recommend you a free remote access software, AnyViewer, which allows you to change screen resolution even during a remote session. After successfully connecting, there’s taskbar on the middle top of the screen, you can just click Resolution and then change the resolution into the one you want without ending the remote session, which is really convenient.

Resolution

In addition, it enables you to change the screen resolution easily, there are a lot of other options for you on the taskbar. You can change the image quality easily. You can also take quick operations, such as lock, restart, or shut down the computer easily.  

In the next part, we’ll show you how to remotely access another computer with AnyViewer before you can change the screen resolution during the remote session.

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 Step 1. Download, install, launch AnyViewer on both computers.

Connect

Step 2. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

Log in AnyViewer

Step 3. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 4. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in to.

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Step 5. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then click Remote control to achieve unattended remote access.

Connect to My Devices

✍ Notes: Free edition of AnyViewer allows you to remotely control two computers simultaneously. If you want to control more computers simultaneously, you can upgrade your account to a Professional or Enterprise plan. Then you'll have the following rights: 
Assign more devices to achieve unattended remote access to more devices.
Connect to another computer in privacy mode, which means you can black the screen and block the mouse and keyboard of the remote computer.
Faster file transfer speed. Transfer speed for a free account is 500 KB/s, and for a paid account is up to 10 MB/s.

Conclusion

After reading this post, we have known two ways to change the screen resolution of the remote computer while using Remote Desktop Connection? On the one hand, you can change it by editing the Display Configuration. On the other hand, you can change it by editing the screen resolution size within the RDP file.

Besides, you can also use AnyViewer, a free and easy-to-use remote access software. Unlike the complicated process of changing screen resolution on Remote Desktop, you can change the screen resolution during remote sessions easily With AnyViewer.