Fixing missing advanced display settings in Windows 10

With the advanced display settings in Windows 10, you can change the text size. But sometimes this feature may not be available on your device. This feature is usually available in the Settings app or the Control Panel. Here’s what you can do if your device doesn’t have advanced display settings.

“Advanced Display Settings” is a handy option in the Windows operating system that helps us change text size or adjust screen resolution. But after Windows 10 Creators Update (v1703) or Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, many users find that “Advanced Display Settings” is missing from “Settings Panel” or “Control Panel,” which is extremely annoying for users who want to make changes to their computer display. You can get stuck with the problem of missing advanced display settings and complaining, as users have done.

The “missing advanced display settings” in the new version of Windows 10 affects the use of the computer. This makes it impossible to access larger text sizes, change the color balance, or adjust the image to fit the screen. This can also have additional effects on your computer’s display, such as screen flickering, full-screen issues, black screen issues, etc.

Be sure to follow each of the steps outlined in the Troubleshooting section below.


What causes the “Advanced Display Settings” to disappear?

What causes the "Advanced Display Settings" to disappear?

After analyzing all the user reports, Microsoft statements, and our research, we have concluded that the problem is caused by several different reasons. Some of the reasons why “Advanced Display Settings” may be missing include:

The feature was removed with an update: According to reports, Microsoft officially removed the option from Windows. This has been heavily criticized by the public. As of this writing, Microsoft is still considering restoring this feature.

Incorrect graphics drivers: Another surprising problem we have encountered is that improperly installed graphics drivers cause the display settings to disappear. Updating or uninstalling the drivers usually solves the problem.

Conflict with vehicle graphics: There are also cases where vehicle graphics may conflict with third-party drivers. In this case, disabling the vehicle graphics may help.

Damaged Windows installation files: There are also cases where Windows installation files may be corrupted. Restoring a previous version or a clean installation can help here.

Make sure that you are logged in as an administrator on your computer before you start working with the solution. Also save your work, as your computer may need to be rebooted several times.


Solutions for fixing “missed advanced display settings”

Solutions for fixing "missed advanced display settings"

System Restore

The first solution is a system restore, which will bring your operating system back in time to help you fix the missing advanced display settings.

Using alternatives

If you find that the advanced display settings are missing after an update, it may be because they have been removed by Microsoft. The advanced display options have been moved by Microsoft to a different location in Windows. Here’s how to use the alternate options to fix the missing advanced display settings in Windows 10.

  1. Launch Settings and click on the System category.
  2. On the left side of the screen, click the Display button on the System tab.
  3. Then scroll down to the “Display Adapter Properties” option on the right and click it.
  4. Now you need to go to the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel and click on Properties.
  5. Finally, click on Graphics Properties, and then go to Display Settings to make the necessary changes.
Perform Hardware and Device Troubleshooting

Every Windows operating system has a hardware diagnostic feature that helps you identify and troubleshoot problems with your operating system. You can try to fix the lack of advanced display settings and do the following steps.

  1. Open the Control Panel, find “Troubleshooting” and click on it.
  2. Now select Hardware and Sound.
  3. Windows will now start looking for hardware problems.

Tip: This process may take some time to check your hardware. Be patient and let the process go smoothly.

Disable Integrated Graphics

Specialized graphics on your computer will result in no additional display settings. This solution is to disable the built-in graphics, here are the steps:

  1. Press Windows + R at the same time and type devmgmt.msc in the dialog box, then click OK to open Device Manager.
  2. Then go to the Display Adapters option, right-click on the embedded graphics and select Disable Device.
  3. Reboot the computer and see if the problem is resolved.

Changing registry entries

If you really want to change the text size on your computer (or part of it), changing the registry files can also help. Here’s how to fix missing extra display settings in Windows 10.

Note: Changing the registry is risky. So don’t make any changes to the entries other than the ones you need to change.

  1. Download the registry file you need from the following link:
  2. Right-click on the registry file and after downloading, select “Run as administrator”. When the system prompts you to use User Access Control, click Yes.
  3. Reboot your computer and see if the problem is actually resolved after the reboot.
Install Windows cleanly

If all the above methods don’t work and you still can’t solve the problem, you can try one last solution: install Windows cleanly.

Tip: Back up your important data before proceeding, as all your information and installed applications will be deleted.


Frequently Asked Questions

If your computer has indeed been updated and you find that this option is missing, it is probably because Microsoft has removed it. They have moved the options present in the advanced display settings to another location in Windows. From there, we'll go to the formatting and text size settings.

To open the advanced display settings or display adapter properties, select your operating system: Windows 10: Search and Open Display Settings. You can also right-click on your desktop and open Display Settings. Scroll down and click Advanced Display Settings.

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Click the system.
  3. Click View.
  4. Under Zoom and Layout, click Advanced Zoom Settings.
  5. Under Custom Scaling, specify a custom scaling size from 100 to 500%.
  6. Click the Apply button.

Click Start, then Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display. In the Display Properties window, click the Settings tab. Under Screen Resolution, click and drag the horizontal slider to change the screen resolution, and then click Apply.