How to Improve the Appearance of Windows Vista for High-Resolution Monitors - dummies

How to Improve the Appearance of Windows Vista for High-Resolution Monitors

By Woody Leonhard

If you have a very high-resolution monitor, you might have noticed a few limitations in the way Vista appears on your monitor. The good news is that there are ways to improve the appearance of Windows Vista so that it will perform better with your high-resolution monitors.

Microsoft designed Vista based on the equipment that they thought the average user would have. However, since that time, more and more high-resolution monitors have come out, and they are rapidly increasing in popularity and power.

If you have a higher-resolution monitor, you might want to change a few of the following settings to accommodate your screen’s largesse.

  • Make the cursor thicker in Vista and some applications. Right-click any empty spot on the desktop and choose Personalize. Click the Ease of Access link in the lower right, and then click Make the Computer Easier to See. Increase the value in the Set the Thickness of the Blinking Cursor drop-down box to 2 or 3. Click Save and then “X” out of the Ease of Access center.


  • Adjust the mouse pointer speed. At higher resolutions, mice travel a bit slowly. To speed up the mouse, choose Start→Control Panel, and under the Hardware and Sound icon, click the Mouse link. In the Mouse Properties dialog box, click the Pointer Options tab. Pull the Select a Pointer Speed slider to the right. Uncheck the Enhance Pointer Precision box. Click OK and “X” out of the Control Panel.


  • Make desktop and Windows Explorer icons bigger (or smaller). Hold down the Ctrl key and roll the roller on your mouse up or down. Pick a size that feels right for you — or start out big and, as you get more icons, put ’em on a diet.

When you’re finished, save your high-resolution settings in case you want to retrieve them all quickly. Right-click the desktop, choose Personalize, and then click the link marked Theme. Click the Save As button. Then give your high-resolution desktop a new name and click OK.