Reso is a tiny (9K) freeware program that can be used to create shortcuts to any program whereby the program will open and run at a pre-defined resolution.

Once you exit the program your system will then automatically revert to your default resolution.

You might have encountered a situation where (a) a program you want to use was designed to run at a much lower resolution. This often seems the case with some freeware games that will not maximize to full screen, especially emulated games or flash games that insist on occupying only a tiny fraction of screen.

Or conversely (b) you might be setting your system by default to a resolution that you are comfortable with, yet occasionally need to run certain programs that work better at higher resolutions.

For any of the two scenarios described above, Reso can come extremely handy in that it can create a permanent shortcut for an application that will open it at the resolution you want. Here are some notes on this program:

  • Allows you to set desired resolution for the app to run in, as well as the color mode (e.g. 32 bit/16 bit/8 bit) and in some cases the screen refresh rate (in Hertz).
  • Note that if the first value is lower than the second in your selected resolution (e.g. 400×640 rather than 640×400) your screen will appear flipped over its side by 90 degrees.
  • Once you exit the program, the default resolution is automatically restored.
  • Surprisingly, the desktop icons remain as they were before the resolution was changed and do not need to be rearranged.
  • Reso does not need to be installed and is only 9K.

The verdict: although not everyone will need this, those who do will find this very handy. Reso is the kind of free and interesting (not to mention useful) program that I love to feature on Freewaregenius.

Version tested: n/a

Compatibility: WinAll.

Go to the developer’s page to get the latest version (approx 9K).