If you have already or may in the future, purchase a large screen for your computer, you may want to try different resolutions to see if you like one over another. It’s very simple and it won’t hurt your computer or monitor to try.
Click the Start button and then click the Settings icon (sprocket just above power button). From the Settings page, click “System, Display, notifications, power” and then make sure “Display” is clicked at the top-left.
Now, it may be that all you need to do is enlarge your text, apps and other items. Click the drop-down box in the center and then click “125%.” You will probably get a message that states you need to sign out so the new settings will work with your apps. You can click the “Sign out now” link. Once you sign back in, it will go to your desktop. Take a look at the new size of your icons, etc. If you like it, great, if not, go back into the display settings and change it back to 100 percent.
We’re not quite done. Open your display settings again just as we did above, and in the center where it shows “Resolution,” click the drop-down box and select another resolution setting. Remember, the higher the resolution, the smaller the icons and the smaller the resolution, the larger the icons. Once you try another setting, you will be asked if you want to revert back to your former setting or do you want to keep it. Think quickly because there is a timer where you get a dozen or so seconds to make up your mind before it reverts back to the previous setting.
Once you find the best resolution setting for you and your monitor, you can just close the window.
For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 500 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.