How To Reset Dell Monitor To Factory Settings

Factory reset Dell monitor is the first thing you need to do if the monitor is causing issues like wavy lines, fady colors, no signal, or a frozen screen.

Here you need to keep one thing in mind not every monitor has the same reset procedure, so be careful before making any attempt. In case of any doubt, we recommend you consult the Dell user manual.

In this post, we are going to share a reset guide that works for most Dell monitors, follow it to quickly troubleshoot your Dell monitor. The instructions are different from resetting Viewsonic monitor and BenQ monitor factory reset.


How To Reset Dell Monitor To Factory Settings

If you have to restore your Dell monitor to default settings, you'll need to use the OSD menu of your monitor. Here's how to do it:


  • Power on your Dell monitor.
  • Press the “Menu” button present on the front panel of the monitor.
  • The OSD menu will appear on the screen. Use the “Arrow” buttons on the button panel to scroll through the menu.
  • Go to the “Other Settings” option and press the “Selection” button to enter the option.
  • A submenu will appear on the screen.
  • Scroll down using the down arrow button and select the “Factory Reset” option.
  • The monitor will reboot, and it'll restore your monitor to its factory settings.

Note: The given steps are compatible with p2210, p2419h, p2422h, u2417h, u2415, S2318M, 24 series monitor, and many other models.

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Reset Dell Monitor Language

If you have accidentally changed the language or just simply want to change the language on your monitor, follow the steps we've mentioned below:

  • Power on your Dell monitor.
  • Now you need to press the second button from the right side of the button panel.
  • Once the OSD menu appears, scroll down to the 5th option or the “Menu” option and press the selection button.
  • Next, select the “Language” option or the very first option on the submenu.
  • Lastly, select your desired language from the list of languages and press the selection button.
  • The monitor will blink, and the language will be changed.

We have also shared: How To Reset Sony TV Without a Remote

Unlock Locked Dell Monitor

Many people have faced this issue, and sometimes they give up and go for a new monitor instead. Well, that's not the solution. If you keep seeing the padlock icon appear on the screen whenever you press a button on your monitor, follow the steps below to unlock it:

  • Power on your Dell monitor.
  • See if the padlock icon appears when you press any button.
  • If yes, then press and hold the fourth button (right to the left) for 10 seconds or until the lock icon unlocks.
  • You can repeat the same method again in order to lock your Dell monitor again.

Self-Test Dell Monitor

In order to check whether your Dell monitor is faulty or not, you'll have to run a self-test on your monitor. Follow these steps carefully:

  • First, power off your monitor and the computer as well.
  • Now, you need to unplug all the cables connected to your monitor, including the power cable.
  • Next, if you have a Dell monitor with a mechanical power button, hold the button for at least 8 seconds.
  • However, if your Dell monitor doesn't feature any power button, just leave it unplugged for 8 seconds
  • Now, only connect the power cable and turn your Dell monitor on.
  • Once you power on the monitor, a notice box saying “No Cable” will appear. This means your monitor has no technical issues.
  • But, if the notice box doesn't appear, your Dell monitor needs to get fixed.

Dell Monitor – Buttons Not Working

If the buttons on your Dell monitor aren't working even though there wasn't any damage; follow these troubleshooting steps:

  • If you have a Dell monitor model older than 2009, then press and hold the “Menu” button. If the menu appears, reset the monitor. However, if nothing appears on the screen, it's better to contact a professional and get it fixed.
  • However, if you have a model manufactured after 2009 and before 2016, you need to press the “1” and “4” buttons simultaneously for at least 2 seconds. The self-diagnostics will appear on the screen. Run them and also consider resetting the monitor.
  • Lastly, for models produced from 2016 onwards, press and hold the “1” button for five seconds. The self-diagnostics will appear. Run it, and you can also try resetting the monitor.

Why is my Dell monitor not displaying?

Any problem related to the display of your Dell monitors, such as a black screen, lines, or random colors appearing on the screen, can be caused due to some damage. However, if you are sure that no damage happened to your Dell monitor, then follow the same troubleshooting tips as we mentioned earlier for the “Buttons not working issue.” if the self-diagnostics don't show any problem, you can always restore your Dell monitor to its factory settings and eliminate any persisting problems. For the black screen, make sure you check the power cable and see whether it's plugged in properly on both ends or not.

Is there a reset button on Dell monitors?

No, Dell monitors, regardless of their model, do not feature any reset button. If you want to reset your Dell monitor, simply use the on-screen OSD menu to do so.

What do I do if my Dell monitor won't turn on?

If your monitor is not turning ON then you need to check two things, the power socket, and the power cable. If both are fine then the issue must be related to hardware.

Final Words

Dell monitors are one of the most sturdy ones, and they hardly ever run into an issue that can't be fixed by a reset. We hope that this guide would've been helpful to you. However, if the problem didn't vanish after performing a reset then the issue must be related to the hardware. If that's the case then you must hire a professional or contact Dell customer support.

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