How to Reset Display Settings to Default in Windows 10

Often a software update can mess up your display settings on a Windows 10 PC. The typical response would be to look for a reset screen settings button. However, there is no such button or keyboard shortcut to reset or return to previous display settings in Windows 10. You will need to adjust each setting individually as shown in this post.

It’s not always a software update that changes display settings. Sometimes while messing around with the settings or a child may have accidentally changed various display settings. Not sure which setting was actually changed. Here we have covered how to change most of the display settings on a Windows 10 computer to make things easier for you. These are colors, text size, contrast, etc.

Let’s roll.

Note: Most of the steps below require you to open Windows 10 Settings. You can open it from the Start Menu or Action Center. Alternatively, use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open Settings.

How to Restore Default Windows 10 Theme

Often times, simply reverting to the default Windows 10 theme will fix all display issues. To do this, follow these steps:

Stage 1: Open Settings on your computer. Go to Personalization.

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Step 2: Go to Themes in Personalization. In Themes, scroll down and click on the Windows 10 theme to apply.

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How to Change Theme Color

You should also try changing the theme color on your PC. You can choose between light and dark or use a combination of both with the help of the Custom color setting.

To change Windows 10 colors, go to Settings > Personalization > Colors. Under the Choose your color drop-down box, select Light or Dark. Select Custom if you want to use a different color for apps and taskbar. Also, choose the blue color under Choose your highlight color if you want to use the default Windows 10 color.

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How to Change App and Screen Size

How content is shown to you depends on the display and scaling settings. If you see a larger or smaller text layout than normal, you need to change the scaling settings.

To do this, follow these steps:

Stage 1: Open Settings and go to System.

Step 2: Under Image (from the left sidebar), select an appropriate scaling percentage under Scale and layout. Try all the available options and see which one suits you. You should also try the screen resolution.

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How to Change Text Size

Besides the above setting, you can change the text size elsewhere in Windows 10. Go to Settings > Ease of Access > Display. Adjust the slider under Enlarge text.

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How to Disable High Contrast Mode

If you are seeing prominent or dark colors on your Windows 10 PC, you may have accidentally enabled the high contrast setting. So you need to turn it off as shown below.

Stage 1: Open Settings on your computer and go to Ease of Access.

Step 2: Click on high contrast. Turn off the switch next to ‘Turn on high contrast’.

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How to Turn Off Custom Scaling

If you are using custom scaling settings on your Windows 10 PC, some text, apps, or other items may appear irregularly sized. You will need to disable custom scaling as shown below.

Stage 1: Open Settings and go to System.

Step 2: Click Display from the sidebar. Then click on Advanced Scaling settings.

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Stage 3: Remove any number added in the custom scaling box and hit Apply.

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How to Turn Off the Night Light

If you see an orange or reddish tint on your screen, nightlight is enabled on your computer. You can disable it in two ways.

First, open the Action Center from the taskbar. If enabled, click Night light to disable it.

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Alternatively, go to Settings > System > Display. Turn off the toggle next to the night light. Also, click on Night light settings and disable Schedule night light.

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Fly: Disable Color filters under Settings > Ease of access > Turn on color filters.

How to Turn off Tablet Mode

When tablet mode is enabled, your computer is optimized for touch. This will open your apps in full-screen mode, including the full-screen Start Menu. You will also notice changes in the taskbar and desktop icons. If this is happening, you should disable Tablet mode.

For that, open Action Center and click on Tablet mode to disable it.

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Alternatively, go to Settings > System > Tablet. Click Change additional tablet settings.

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Turn off the toggle next to tablet mode. Also, verify other settings related to Tablet mode and see if they interfere with display settings.

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How to Close the Magnifier

With the magnifying glass enabled, you will see everything zoomed in on your computer. To disable it, go to Settings > Ease of access > Magnifier. Disable the toggle next to Open Magnifier.

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Use Multi-Screen Settings

If you are using multiple monitors for your PC, you should set up dual monitors correctly. Then you can use and customize each screen individually. So, check if you have changed the above settings for the correct display.

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