How to improve text on your laptop
If you’ve bought a laptop or other computer recently, you’ve probably made yourself familiar with some of the jargon that goes with it.
View your screen at the right size.
Processor types, memory, storage and screen resolution are all pretty straightforward, but what about pixel density?
When you boot up your new laptop, for example, you may well find that text is much smaller than it seems on the desktop.
That’s because laptop screens tend to be physically smaller than desktop monitors, but often have the same number of pixels. So things seem squashed up.
To counter this, you can change the pixel density of text and icons. Essentially this will enlarge them to a more comfortable size.
1. The simple way to do this is to right click on your PC laptop’s desktop and go to ‘Display Resolution’ then ‘Make text and icons bigger’. You’ll be given two or three choices here, smaller, medium or large.
2. Select and reboot and you should find everything a bit more comfortable to look at.
If you want everything to be exactly as the designers envisioned, use a pixel calculator tool to find out the number of pixels per inch on your screen .
1. Just enter the screen size (diagonal measurement in inches) and the number of horizontal and vertical pixels. This will calculate the PPI – usually a value between 100 and 150.
2. Now, back on the the ‘Make text and icons bigger’ control panel click ‘Custom size’ and move the slider until you hit this number (the slider usually defaults to 96 pixels per inch) and click OK.
3. Reboot, and you’re done!
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