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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lowering Screen Resolution Makes Vista Easier to See

Every now and then we have a tip just for the visually impaired readers of Fred's Head. This is one such tip.

Today's computer monitors with wide screens will in most cases shrink icons and websites to minimal size for better resolution, sometimes making everything very hard to see and read, especially for the sight impaired.

The easiest way to make everything a little bigger is by lowering the monitors screen resolution just a bit. These instructions are for the Windows Vista operating system.

  1. Right click on any empty area of your desktop (the first screen you see once the computer is turned on and booted).
  2. This will bring up a menu with several options, select the last one which is personalize, this will bring up a larger menu.
  3. Choose "Display Settings" where you will then find a slider bar with xxxx by xxx pixels.
  4. Hold the slider button with your mouse button pressed and slide it towards the left once.
  5. Select apply at the bottom left of the window, this will then make everything a little bigger. You may repeat as needed until you become comfortable with the screen resolution.

Tip: A good monitor resolution is when most websites fill your screen without having to scroll horizontally.

  1. Right click anywhere on your desktop.
  2. Select personalize.
  3. Hold the slider button with your mouse button pressed and slide it towards the left.

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