Make the text on your screen larger or smaller
Change screen resolution
Screen resolution refers to the clarity of the text and images on your screen. At higher resolutions, items appear sharper. They also appear smaller, so more items fit on the screen. At lower resolutions, fewer items fit on the screen, but they are larger and easier to see. At very low resolutions, however, images might have jagged edges.
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.
Set the zoom level in Magnifier
Magnifier can display objects on the screen up to sixteen times larger than actual size. Follow these steps to choose the magnification level that you want.
Make items on the screen appear bigger (Magnifier)
Magnifier enlarges part of the screen. This is especially useful for viewing objects that are difficult to see. It's also helpful for people who generally have difficulty seeing the screen.
Hear text read aloud with Narrator
Windows comes with a basic screen reader called Narrator that reads text on the screen aloud and describes some events (such as an error message appearing) that happen while you're using the computer.
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.
Choose which text Narrator reads aloud
Narrator reads aloud the text that appears on your screen and describes your desktop and any windows you have open. You can also have it read aloud what you type, as well as announce events that happen on the screen (such as dialog boxes that appear).
Picking up the pieces after a computer crash
Has this happened to you? It's late and you're trying to finish up a rush project for work. You decide to make one last little change, and then... your computer freezes ominously, or worse, you see the "Blue Screen of Death" (the blue screen with white text telling you that your computer has stopped working). It always seems to happen at the worst possible moment. In the aftermath, you are left wondering what, if anything, can be salvaged of the documents you were working on.
Change screen saver
Windows comes with several screen savers. You can also create your own screen savers from personal pictures you've saved on your computer, or some software companies might develop additional screen savers for download or purchase.
Turn your screen saver on or off
A screen saver is a moving picture or pattern that appears on your computer screen when you haven't used the mouse or keyboard for a specified period of time. Screen savers were originally used to save older, monochromatic monitors from damage, but now they are mainly a way to personalize your computer or enhance its security by offering password protection.
Use your Windows password for your screen saver password
You can help make your computer more secure by creating a screen saver password, which locks your computer when the screen saver is on. The screen saver password is the same password that you use when logging on to Windows.
Set On-Screen Keyboard to use audible clicks
You can have On-Screen Keyboard make an audible click when a key is pressed.
Change the font for On-Screen Keyboard keys
On-Screen Keyboard might be easier to use if you change the font used to illustrate the keys on the screen. The fonts that most people find easiest to see on the screen are Verdana and Arial.
Type without using the keyboard (On-Screen Keyboard)
Instead of relying on the physical keyboard to type and enter data, you can use On-Screen Keyboard. On-Screen Keyboard displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys. You can select keys using the mouse or another pointing device, or you can use a single key or group of keys to cycle through the keys on the screen.
Troubleshoot font problems
Here are solutions to some common problems with fonts.
I installed a font, but I don't see it in the font menu of a program.
Why does text that I print look different than it does on the screen?
When I try to print text, it runs off the page.
The fonts in my file look different when I open the file on another computer.
I like my current resolution settings, but the fonts are too small. Is there a way to make the fonts bigger and maintain my resolution settings?
Use the computer without a display (optimize for blindness)
Windows has many features that allow you to use your computer without a display. For example, you can have screen text read aloud by using Narrator or you can have Windows describe screen activity to you.
You can turn on or adjust settings for these features on the Use the computer without a display page in the Ease of Access Center.
What is a Screen Shot?
"Screen shot" is the phrase used to describe the action of capturing your computer desktop or anything shown on your computer screen to a static image file.
Delete a screen saver
If you're having problems with a screen saver or know that you'll never use it, you might want to remove it from your computer. The screen savers that come with Windows, however, can't be removed.
View a video using the entire screen in Windows Media Player
You can watch a video, TV show, DVD, or song with a visualization in Windows Media Player in full-screen mode. When the Player is in full-screen mode, you can control playback with either the on-screen controls that appear on top of the video or you can use the buttons and other controls on a compatible mouse.
Make it easier to focus on tasks
You can reduce the amount of information on your screen so that it's easier to read, and you can set up your keyboard to make typing easier.
You can adjust these settings on the Make it easier to focus on reading and typing page in the Ease of Access Center.