Change Display Properties


Dear Computer Lady,

How do you change your color under properties from 16 colors to 256 and more. I have tried and it said it will happen if I restart the computer but nothing never happens.



Dear Will,

You can change the colors displayed in the display properties. 

1. Right click on a blank spot on your desktop and then click on “Properties”
2. In the “Display Properties” window, click on the “Settings” tab all the way over on the right.
3. On the Settings page, you can select the number of colors you want displayed. Anything higher than 256 colors will look good on your screen. If you have tons of memory and a fast processor, you can select the highest color setting available, but if you want to speed things up, select a lower setting.

Since it sounds like you have done this already, and re-booting brings you right back to 16 colors then you have a problem with either your video drivers, or the video card itself.


Try re-loading the video drivers. You should be able to find updated drivers on the computer manufacturers website, or you can take the computer to a local shop to have that done.

If the problem still persists after you have loaded video drivers and re-booted then the problem is probably with the video hardware. You will have to get a new video card. 

If you want to try it yourself and need help with that kind of project, the folks at would be glad to help you. Just join the PCBUILD list and ask for help.


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