Tech companies have entire lines of phones, laptops, and desktops that have a general name within the line but are identified by their model number when it comes down to specs. For phones, the model number isn’t hard to remember. Laptops come with service tags that identify them, or in some cases, laptop manufacturers give you an app to install on your system to help identify it.
What monitor do I have?
The same can’t be said for a monitor. But that doesn’t mean it’s not impossible to find the make and model of a monitor on your computer running Windows 10. The information is just in an unlikely spot.
Finding the make of a monitor doesn’t really require using your OS. The maker name is usually stamped on the monitor at the bottom on the bezel. If nothing else, when you power your monitor on and it isn’t connected to anything you may see the maker’s logo appear for a few seconds before the monitor enters sleep.
But what if you need the model number?
Model of monitor
The make of a monitor is easy to find but the model number is a bit tricky. To find the model number, you need to first connect the monitor to your system.
Make sure that it is recognized and that Windows is able to send output to it. Also, make sure you do not have any shadow monitors on your system.
Once you’ve done that, open the Settings app and go to the System group of settings. Select the Display tab and look for the Advanced display settings option at the bottom or at the right. Click it and on the screen that follows, open the Choose display dropdown.
Select your secondary display/external monitor from this list. The monitor will show up with its make and model number.
In the screenshot below, the monitor connected to the system is a Dell monitor with the model number ST2420L.
There’s a Display Adapter properties option on this window and if you click it, the window that opens has a dedicated Monitor tab.
The monitor tab lets you manage some settings for your monitor however any information regarding the monitor’s make or model isn’t going to be accurate. It will likely just show up as a generic monitor.
If you still have your monitor’s box lying around somewhere, you can always look up its model number from it but that is a long shot. Not a lot of people save the boxes their hardware comes in.
There aren’t any apps that can detect the monitor model number so the Settings app is really your best shot.
That said, it’s highly unlikely that you won’t find the correct model number here.