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August 28, 2014
Make items on your screen easier to see in Windows 8

Microsoft gives you the option to customize the size of specific items that appear on your desktop and other areas, such as the title bars, menus, message boxes, palette titles, icons and tooltips.

By now, you should realize that many options to customize the behavior of your computer are located in the Control Panel. To locate your Control Panel, from your Start screen, right-click an open area and then at the bottom-right, click “all apps.”

If you are running Windows 8.1, click the down-arrow at the bottom-left. Once all your apps are visible, scroll to the right until you see “Control Panel.” Once you find it, right-click “Control Panel” and then select “Pin to Start” so it will put a tile on your Start screen making it easier to find in the future. Click the tile to open the Control Panel.

Next, click “Display.” On this page, you can select to adjust all items at the same time, by placing a checkmark in the box: “Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays.” Once you do this, you’ll see above, “Smaller — 100 percent,” “Medium — 125 percent” or “Larger — 150 percent.” In some cases, your computer may not show the “Larger — 150 percent” option.

Now, you can increase the size incrementally. If your setting is at “Smaller — 100 percent,” click the circle and try the next size up, and then click “Apply” at the bottom. Another box will come up asking you to choose to “Sign out now” or “Sign out later.” Go ahead and sign out now to see the effects. If you don’t like how it looks, or the items aren’t increased in size enough, make the change you desire, click “Apply” and “Sign out now.”

If you want to change just certain things, remove the checkmark from the box: “Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays.”

Now, below, click the drop-down box and you’ll see the options: “title bars,” “menus,” “message boxes,” “palette titles,” “icons” and “tooltips.” You can go through each one and select a specific size in the drop-down to the right. You can also “Bold” the options by check marking the box.

One last thing, if you want to change the text and other items on your desktop, near the top, move the slider from “Smaller” to “Larger” and then click “Apply” at the bottom.

If you are unhappy with any of the changes, just go back to “Display” in the “Control Panel” and reverse your changes.

For 14 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 250 articles about Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at

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