Adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast

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.

Add a second monitor
To add a second monitor to your computer, you'll need to make sure that you either have a video card that supports multiple monitors, or that your computer has more than one video card. The easiest way to determine if your video card supports multiple monitors is to look at the back of your computer and see if your card has two video ports for connecting your monitors.

Correct monitor flicker (refresh rate)
A flickering monitor can contribute to eyestrain and headaches. You can reduce or eliminate flickering by increasing the screen refresh rate. A refresh rate of at least 75 hertz generally produces less flicker.
You might need to change your screen resolution before changing the refresh rate because not every screen resolution is compatible with every refresh rate. The higher the resolution, the higher your refresh rate should be.

Adjusting audio in Windows Movie Maker: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about adjusting audio levels in Windows Movie Maker. How does audio appear in my project in Windows Movie Maker? How can I adjust the audio levels of music and audio that are playing at the same time so that I can hear both? How can I mute audio in a video? How can I adjust the volume of audio in my movie? How can I fade audio in or out? What technology does Windows Movie Maker use to play audio files?

Find the taskbar
The taskbar is usually located at the bottom of your screen. If it's not visible, there are several possible reasons why:
The taskbar is unlocked and has been resized so that it's hard to see.
Auto-hide is turned on. If this is the case, you'll only see the taskbar when you point to it.
If you're using multiple monitors, the taskbar will only appear on one monitor.

Adjust the colors in a picture
If the colors in your digital pictures don't look right, you can correct or enhance them by using Photo Gallery. Photo Gallery gives you control over three color settings:

What's new in managing power settings
In this version of Windows, you have more control over how your computer uses and manages power than ever before.
Using the battery meter to monitor power consumption.
Power plans.
Manage your power settings.
Turn off your computer by using the Power button.

Adjust the speaker volume
Although most speakers have a volume control, you can control the overall level of sound using Windows.

What is Task Manager?
Task Manager shows you the programs, processes, and services that are currently running on your computer. You can use Task Manager to monitor your computers performance or to close a program that is not responding .

Understanding the parts of your computer
A computer is a system of many parts working together. This demo, aimed at beginners, takes you on a tour of the parts of a typical desktop computer: the case, monitor, mouse, keyboard, printer, and speakers.

ClearType: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about ClearType.
What is ClearType?
How do I get ClearType?
Why was ClearType developed?
How does it work?
Which kind of monitor do I need to use ClearType: LCD or CRT?
Can I tune ClearType?
Are some fonts optimized for ClearType?