Make the text on your screen larger or smaller
You can make the text and other items, such as icons, on your screen easier to see by making them larger. You do this by increasing the dots per inch (DPI) scale. You can also decrease the DPI scale to make text and other items on your screen smaller, so that more information fits on the screen.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.