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For Seniors: Set Your Windows Screen Resolution

Changing the screen resolution on your Windows laptop can make items onscreen easier to see. Windows allows you to adjust the resolution as necessary to suit whatever your needs may be.

  1. From the Desktop, right-click the Start button and then click Control Panel in the menu that appears.

  2. Click the Adjust Screen Resolution link under Appearance and Personalization.

  3. In the resulting Screen Resolution window, click the arrow to the right of the Resolution field.

  4. Use the slider to select a higher or lower resolution. You can also change the orientation of your display by making a choice in the Orientation drop-down list (located just below the Resolution option).

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  5. Click OK to accept the new screen resolution and then click the Close button to close the window.

Higher resolutions, such as 1400 x 1250, produce smaller, crisper images. Lower resolutions, such as 800 x 600, produce larger, somewhat jagged images. The upside of higher resolution is that more fits on your screen; the downside is that words and graphics are smaller and so can be harder to see.

The Advanced Settings link in the Screen Resolution window displays another dialog box where you can work with color management and monitor settings.

Remember that you can also use your View settings in most software programs to get a larger or smaller view of your documents without having to change your screen’s resolution.

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