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Adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast

Adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast
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You can adjust the brightness and contrast of your monitor to improve the readability of text and to make digital pictures appear more like they will look when they're printed. Learn how to: adjust your monitor using a calibration program and adjust your monitor manually.
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Adjust the brightness and contrast in a picture

Taking pictures with inaccurate exposure can result in pictures that are too bright or too dark. Often, you can dramatically improve a digital picture by correcting the brightness and contrast. You can use the automatic correction tool in Photo Gallery or adjust the exposure yourself.

Troubleshoot monitor and video card problems

Display problems are among the most common difficulties people have when upgrading either Windows or their computers. Here are solutions to some common display problems. How do I determine what is causing my display problem? How do I find out what kind of video card my computer has? What kind of monitor do I have? Why does my monitor show only limited resolutions? Why am I seeing horizontal lines, flickering, or other strange interference on the screen of my CRT monitor? What is DirectX and how can I troubleshoot it? I've changed the resolution of my monitor, and now I can't see the display. Why does the text on my monitor appear blurry? How do I set up multiple monitors? Why do I get an error when I use different video cards for multiple monitors? Can I change the brightness and contrast of my monitor?

Getting the best display on your monitor

Windows chooses the best display settings, including screen resolution, refresh rate, and color, based on your monitor. These settings differ depending on whether you have an LCD or a CRT monitor. If you want to adjust your display settings or, if these settings were changed and you want to restore default settings, use the following recommendations.

Edit pictures

You can edit your digital pictures in Windows Photo Gallery by selecting them, and then clicking Fix on the toolbar. Using the Fix pane, you can change colors, improve brightness and contrast, straighten, crop, and remove red eye.

Make the computer easier to see (optimize visual display)

If you sometimes have trouble seeing items on your screen, you can adjust the settings to make text and images on the screen appear larger, improve the contrast between items on the screen, and hear on-screen text read aloud.
You can adjust these settings on the Make the computer easier to see page in the Ease of Access Center.

Ways to improve your computer's performance

Performance Information and Tools lists tasks that can help improve the performance of your computer, and it also shows information about your computer's performance capabilities. Tasks: Manage startup programs, Adjust visual effects, Adjust indexing options, Adjust power settings, Open Disk Cleanup, Advanced tools.

HDTV: frequently asked questions

If you have a High Definition Television (HDTV), you can connect your computer to it for better monitor display quality. What do I need to connect my computer to an HDTV? After connecting my computer to an HDTV, the display is stretched. How can I fix it? Can I connect a computer to both a monitor and an HDTV at the same time? After connecting my computer to an HDTV, why can't I see certain windows on my computer monitor anymore?

Make text easier to read using ClearType

ClearType font technology makes the text on your screen almost as sharp and clear as text that is printed on paper. It is on by default in this version of Windows.
To get the full benefit of ClearType, you'll need a high-quality, flat-panel monitor, such as LCD or plasma. Even on a CRT monitor, you might get some improvement in readability with ClearType.

Ways to improve display quality

The visual appearance of your computer's display can be influenced by several factors. The monitor you use and its settings, how Windows is configured, and how you use your computer can all have an effect on display quality:Reduce the number of open programs or windows.Avoid running too many graphics intensive programs at the same time.Reduce your monitor's resolution.Change color scheme.Turn off automatic resizing in programs that aren't designed for high DPI display.Upgrade to a more powerful video card.

Use the computer without the mouse or keyboard

Windows has two features to help you use the computer without using a mouse or keyboard: Speech Recognition (which allows you to use voice commands to work with Windows) and On-Screen Keyboard (which allows you to enter text by selecting characters on the screen).
You can adjust turn on or adjust settings for these features on the Use the computer without the mouse or keyboard page in the Ease of Access Center.