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I have seen several suggestions about programs to change the resolution from the command line. However I just want to display it, not change it.

On linux I can use xrandr or xdpyinfo to get this info, so I am looking for something like that.

I also need it to work within a cygwin shell.

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Note: There is also a PowerShell version available if anyone is interested. Over at StackOverflow they also solved the multimonitor problem – nixda Jun 7 '15 at 7:21
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Try this:

wmic desktopmonitor get screenheight, screenwidth

From within Cygwin:

cmd /c wmic desktopmonitor get screenheight, screenwidth

I'm not sure what tricks to use in order to use the output. Perhaps a temporary text file?

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Yes thanks it works from cmd.exe. However I forgot to mention that I need this to work inside a cygwin shell and wmic do not seem to work there. – Zitrax Apr 15 '11 at 9:30
@Zitrax: Now you tell me. – paradroid Apr 15 '11 at 9:52
Thanks again. It did not work when connecting with rdesktop (or ssh into cygwin) though. Would be great to have it in all those situations also. – Zitrax Apr 15 '11 at 20:16
To me it doesn't work correctly with a multimonitor setup (it always returns the resolution of the 1st monitor, even if it is disabled) (My OS: WinXP). – eadmaster Nov 19 '13 at 6:22

Thank you @paradroid :) With WMIC, I wrote Batch Script to Remote Desktop not full screen but still convenient. ^_^

@echo off
if "%1"=="" goto :q01
set i01=wmic desktopmonitor
set i01=%i01% where availability^=3
set i01=%i01% get screenHeight,screenWidth
set o01=%temp%\ScrRes.txt
for /f "delims= skip=1" %%o in ('type %o01%') do call :p01 %1 %%o
goto :p99

set srvnm=%1
set /a tl=%2-40
set /a ll=%3-80
start mstsc /admin /w:%ll% /h:%tl% /v:%srvnm%
goto :eof

echo ^>^> Syntax: %0 MachineHostname [enter]

if exist "%o01%" del "%o01%" /f /q
echo ^>^> Sincerely Thank You For Using..
goto :eof

Feel free to explore. Feel enthusiast to enhance. (y)

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use MultiMonitorTool:

MultiMonitorTool.exe /scomma "%TEMP%\MultiMonitorTool.csv"

then parse the file "%TEMP%\MultiMonitorTool.csv" (i'm still working on this)

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the oldes answer does not seems to work anymore (win7 64bit); i solved that way

FOR /f "tokens=1,2" %%a IN ('"wmic desktopmonitor get screenheight, screenwidth"') DO (
    SET /a ScreenHeight=%%a
    SET /a ScreenWidth=%%b
echo %ScreenHeight%
echo %ScreenWidth%
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For multi monitor setup just split the command:

set wmicheight="wmic desktopmonitor get screenheight /format:value"
set wmicwidth="wmic desktopmonitor get screenwidth /format:value"
for /f "tokens=2 delims==" %%a in ('%wmicheight%') do (
    If %%a LEQ 1 (
        rem skip if height is not bigger than 1
    ) Else (
        rem take the first height value larger than 1
        rem then skip to width
        Set /a "height=%%a"
        goto :width
for /f "tokens=2 delims==" %%a in ('%wmicwidth%') do (
    If %%a LEQ 1 (
        rem skip if width is not bigger than 1
    ) Else (
        rem add width found to get total width of all screens
        Set /a "width=width+%%a"
echo %width% x %height%
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Please use code blocks. You've been a member here long enough to know how markdown works and how to make it look readable. – Karan Jun 7 '15 at 7:16

With dxdiag though it is not the fastest way:

@echo off

del ~.txt /q /f >nul 2>nul
start "" /w dxdiag /t ~
setlocal enableDelayedExpansion
set currmon=1 
for /f "tokens=2 delims=:" %%a in ('find "Current Mode:" ~.txt') do (
    echo Monitor !currmon! : %%a
    set /a currmon=currmon+1

del ~.txt /q /f >nul 2>nul

this will print the resolutions of all monitors.

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