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Making Stuff on your Screen Bigger While Keeping the Dots Small.

What's so great about a new monitor that makes everything small and harder to read? Nothing, that's what!  But what's so great about a new monitor that's set to the same resolution and qualtiy as the old one?  Thankfully, I can show you how you can use the full monitor quality AND have the readibility.

(Note: This procedure applies to Windows 7 only.)

First, right-click on the desktop and select "Screen resolution".  We won't be adjusting the resolution itself at all; only to set or confirm that the resolution is as high as it goes.

So, while in the Screen Resolution window, click on the blue text that states "Make text and other items larger or smaller", located here:

Resolution screen

This transports you to a window called "Display" that looks like this:

Display has 3 preset sizes: "Smaller", "Medium", and "Larger".  The text sizes of each choice correspond to what the actual text size will be.  Just a heads-up, however, that applying another size will require you to log off and log back in again to take effect.

If none of these presets suit you, there is also the option to set a custom size percentage from the "Set custom text size (DPI)" option in the left margin. This launches a rather straight-forward option window where you can enter a custom percentage and you can see how much of an effect it has on an on-screen ruler and some text.  After hitting OK, it will create a 4th "Custom" option, under "Larger", with the percentage you specified.

That's all there is to it!  It may take a little longer than just selecting a different resolution, but the results are WAY better.


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