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How to change Remote Desktop Resolution

In some cases, you may need to change the resolution of your Remote Desktop. In this article, you will learn How to change Remote Desktop Resolution in Windows, macOS, Android, and Linux.

How to change Remote Desktop Resolution in Windows

If you have a Windows Operating system (7,10, etc), you will have the Remote Desktop Connection application installed on the system.

1. Get started by searching Remote Desktop Connection or mstsc in the search box.

2. Click on Show Options.

3. Next, click on Display.

4. By using the slider in the Display configuration, you can set a custom resolution of the Remote Desktop.

How to change Remote Desktop Resolution in macOS

Please follow this guide if you already have an existing Remote Desktop profile. If not, please follow How to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP to save a Remote Desktop profile.

1. Open the Remote Desktop application on your macOS device. 

2. Once Remote Desktop is open, click the ••• button and select the Edit option.

3. Then, navigate to the Display option.

Using the Remote Desktop Client on macOS, selecting display.

4. Make sure the Use all monitors option is unchecked to set the custom screen resolution for the Remote Desktop.

5. Now, click Default for this display and select a custom resolution setting from the dropdown menu.

Selecting different resolution on the Remote Desktop Client on macOS.

6. Lastly, click on Save to ensure your resolution setting is saved.

How to change Remote Desktop Resolution in Android

If you are on an android device, the guide to changing the Remote Desktop resolution is below:

1. Open the Remote Desktop application by Microsoft Corporation.

Open Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 via Play Store.

2. Next click on the ••• option.

3. Afterwards, click on Edit.

Opening server settings page for Microsoft Remote Desktop on Android.

4. Next, click on the Show additional options drop-down.

Show additional options drop down box on Microsoft Remote Desktop for Android.

5. Then, select the Customize display resolution option.

Select cuztomize display resolution via Microsoft Desktop Client on Android Operating Systems.

6. Turn on the customize display resolution feature.

Turning on customize display resolution via Microsoft Remote Desktop Client on Android.

7. Next, click on Custom and select the new resolution from the Resolution drop-down box.

8. Lastly, click on SAVE both in the Customize display resolution and Edit desktop pages.

How to change Remote Desktop Resolution in Linux?

You need to install one supported application to access the Windows VPS using RDP from Linux. In this case, we are using rdesktop to access the Windows VPS.

You can read this article for installation of rdesktopHow to Connect to Windows VPS using RDP from Linux?

You can use the following -g argument with the rdesktop command to open Remote Desktop in a particular resolution.

The syntax will be: 

# rdesktop -g <resolution size> <VPS/Server Hostname or IP Address>

Example: # rdesktop -g 1280×1024

Updated on December 12, 2022

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