Adjusting Ubuntu Desktop Screen Resolution / Orientation / Scale on 18.04 / 18.10

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When using Ubuntu 18.04 / 18.10 desktop you can change how big or detailed things appear on your screen, which orientation to select, and how small or large items appear on your screen.

You can do this by changing your screen resolution, orientation and scale. This may be useful for laptop users and desktops with large screens.

If you want to increase the size of objects shown on your screen, you use the display scale settings. The scale setting increases the size of objects shown on the screen to match the density of your display, making them easier to read. Choose from 100%200%, or 300%.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to change or adjust Ubuntu desktop / laptop screen resolution, orientation and scale.To adjust your Ubuntu desktop, first go to the display properties.

  • Open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Click Devices in the sidebar.
  • Click Displays in the sidebar to open the panel.
  • If you have multiple displays and they are not mirrored, you can have different settings on each display. Select a display in the preview area.
  • Select the resolution or scale, and choose the orientation.
  • Click Apply. The new settings will be applied for 20 seconds before reverting back. That way, if you cannot see anything with the new settings, your old settings will be automatically restored. If you are happy with the new settings, click Keep Changes.

You can also access Ubuntu settings panel by clicking the top right corner of your top many bar.

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Then navigate to the Displays page.

Below are the type of adjustments you can make to screen to make things appear better.


The resolution is the number of pixels (dots on the screen) in each direction that can be displayed. You can adjust your screen resolution to provide better quality of things that are shown on the screen.

You can choose the resolution you prefer from the Resolution drop-down list. Go through the list and select a solution that your screen supports. If you choose a resolution that does not match the aspect ratio of your display, the screen will be letterboxed to avoid distortion, by adding black bars to the top and bottom or both sides of the screen.


The scale setting increases the size of objects shown on the screen to match the density of your display, making them easier to read. Choose from 100%, 200%, or 300%.


On some laptops and monitors, you can physically rotate the screen in many directions. Click Orientation in the panel and choose from LandscapePortrait RightPortrait Left, or Landscape (flipped).

These settings are there help you adjust items that appear and how they’re shown to you. If you computer isn’t showing things properly, you can use these settings to adjust your screen to help you see things better.

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