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Windows 7 - How to Optimize Your Display

Optimizing your computer's display will make it easier on your eyes by improving the way things look on the screen. You can take various steps to improve the appearance of your display from changing the screen resolution to calibrating the display colours and altering font sizes to compensate for small text displayed at high resolutions. Follow these tips to learn how to optimize your display.

1 - Always Use the Native Resolution
Flat panel monitors always have a native resolution. This is the resolution that the monitor was designed to display optimally. Using a resolution other than this will make the display appear truncated and poor quality. It can also be very hard on the eyes. It's generally easy to tell if the display is using the correct resolution or not, but you can double-check by right-clicking on your desktop and clicking "Screen resolution." Ensure that the recommended resolution is in use since Windows 7 automatically detects the native resolution of your monitor.
If you don't see the native (recommended) resolution available, then it is almost certainly because of a problem with your graphics card drivers, or the fact that no drivers are even installed. To fix this problem, consult your computer specifications to find out which graphics card you have. Download and install the latest drivers from the manufacturer's website.

2 - Changing Colour Profiles
Some displays look notably better when you install an optimal colour profile supplied by the manufacturer. For the colours on your monitor to look as clear, crisp and realistic as possible, you should check the manufacturer's website to see if there are any colour profiles available for your monitor.
To change the colour profile, open the start menu, type "Color Management" into the search box and press Enter. Click "Browse" and navigate to the colour profile that you just downloaded. With the file extracted and selected, click "Add." The new colour profile will be applied immediately.
You can also use the display calibration feature to change colour profiles. You can start the display colour calibration utility by typing "Calibrate" in the start menu search box and then clicking "Calibrate display color."

3 - Increasing the Size of Text
If the native resolution of your monitor is so high that it makes text on the screen difficult to read, you should consider increasing the size of all text as it appears on your screen rather than using a different resolution. To do this, type "text" into the start menu search box and click "Make text and other items larger or smaller."
Choose the setting "Medium - 125%" and see how it looks to you. Click "Apply" to save the settings. You'll need to log out and log back in again for them to take effect.
It's also possible to choose your own text size by clicking "Set custom text size (DPI) in the left-hand side. From the drop-down box, choose the size that you prefer. You'll see a preview appear below as you change the setting. When you're happy with it, click "OK." A new option will appear on the main page. Click "Apply" to continue.


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