Changing Text Size on the Screen in Windows 7

If text and other items, such as icons, on the screen are not large enough for you to comfortably view, you can customize the screen to display items larger. Windows 7 allows you to increase the screen scaling option (New!), known as the Dots Per Inch (DPI) scale, which is the number of dots that a device can display or print per linear inch. The greater the number, of dots per inch, the better the resolution. DPI is a standard measurement used to specify screen and printer resolution. The Smaller - 100% option is the default screen scale setting (96 DPI). If you want to make items on the screen larger, select the Medium - 125% or Larger - 150% option. After you change the screen scale option, you need to log off and restart Windows to see the change.

Change the Screen Scaling Options
1. Right-click a blank area on the desktop, and then click Screen resolution.

2. Click the Make text and other items larger or smaller link.

3. Click the Smaller - 100% (default), or Medium - 125%, or Larger - 150% option (New!).

4. To adjust the DPI setting, click Set custom text size in the left pane, specify a scale percentage with a DPI, and then click OK.

5. Click Apply. To see the changes, close all of your programs, and log off Windows.

6. If a message alert appears, click Log off now or Log off later to log off now or later.

What’s ClearType
ClearType is a font technology that improves the display on a computer monitor. ClearType makes on-screen text more clear, smooth, and detailed, which can reduce eye strain. ClearType is turned on by default in Windows. This is useful and most effective when you use LCD (Liquid Crystal Displays) devices, including flat-panel monitors, mobile computers, and smaller hand-held devices. ClearType is optimized for use with some fonts, including Constantia, Cambria, Corbel, Candara, Calibri, and Consolas. To set the ClearType setting, open the Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization, click Make text and other items larger or smaller link, click Adjust ClearType text in the left pane, select the Turn On ClearType check box, click Next, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Source of Information : Microsoft Windows 7 on Demand (2009)

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