Calibrate Color on Your Monitor in Windows 7 - dummies

Calibrate Color on Your Monitor in Windows 7

By Dan Gookin

The idea behind color management isn’t to match colors on a computer monitor with colors in the real world. Instead, strive to match colors in a way that satisfies your needs. For example, match the colors on the monitor to the colors produced by a specific printer or another output device. To make it happen, you use the Windows Color Management tool.

The Windows Color Management tool isn’t something you mess with casually. My advice is to use it only when you receive instructions on which profiles to select. This information may be found in a graphics application’s reference or in your PC’s printer reference.

There’s a color calibration utility that’s unique to Windows 7. The utility can be used to ensure that your monitor is accurately displaying colors. To run the utility, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the desktop.

  2. Choose the Personalize command.

  3. From the list of tasks on the left side of the Personalization window, choose Display.

  4. From the list of tasks on the left side of the Display window, choose Calibrate Color.

    You need to work with your monitor’s controls in coordination with the images displayed on the screen to best calibrate colors for your monitor in Windows.

  5. Work through the Display Color Calibration Wizard, obeying the directions on the screen and clicking the Next button to continue.

  6. Click the Finish button when you’re done.

There’s no such thing as perfect calibration — only what you can perceive as being perfect. As long as everything looks good enough for your own eyeballs, it’s perfect!