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I am using a Laptop with a resolution of max. 4k. But I often work in environments (clients, presentations etc.) where i can not exploit the max and have to switch to lower display-settings. Sometimes Windows10 even does it automagically for me when connect an external monitor.

Instead of all these undesired automatism, I'd rather have a way to define some "display profiles" (resolution, scaling/DPI etc.) and then easily switch profiles. Despite Google-ing for long time, I could not find any software to do this. Perhaps I'm using the wrong words but maybe someone could kindly recommend his favorite way to handle this issue. (I can't be the only one who's annoyed by these things...)

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I am using the commercial tool Ultramon, which is at ~40 USD for a single license.

It has

  • multi-monitor support
  • display profiles with resolution, orientation, color depth, refresh rate, position
  • I works on Windows 7 and I found statements about "Windows 8 and later", but Windows 10 wasn't explicitly mentioned

Here's a screenshot from my PC (sorry, German). I have a profile for my normal desktop ("Arbeitsplatz") and one for a meeting room ("Raum III") where the beamer always caused trouble and cut of parts of the picture. Using this profile I can make the beamer display what I want.

Ultramon Screenshot

This is a configuration screen:

Configuration screen

It cannot change the DPI settings according to this post, but that might be a limitation of Windows.

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Depending on the graphics card, such a feature might be built-in. For example, some Intel Graphics cards come with a driver that enables defining profiles.

It has

  • multi-monitor support
  • display profiles with resolution, orientation, refresh rate, scaling and perhaps even advanced features (not available on my machine) I works on all Windows versions for which the driver is released. Typically Intel has good support and Windows 10 is no problem.

Main advantage over a commercial tool: it's free.

Accessing the profiles is a bit tricky:

Intel display profiles

Here's what a settings dialog looks like:

Intel settings dialog

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