Tuning Your Windows 7 Display

December 14, 2010, By Christian Cawley

Windows 7 includes various options for managing the basic configuration of your display, such as selecting from multiple connected monitors and setting a desktop resolution.

However the settings are far more advanced than that, and in this tutorial we’re going to look at how to calibrate your Windows 7 monitor and adjust ClearType font settings in order to make the most out of the hardware at your disposal.

With these adjustments made, you should find that any colour or text problems you have with your display are resolved.

Fine tune Windows 7 display options

Calibrate Display in Windows 7

Different monitors display colours in a slightly different way, while you might try adjusting this manually using the control panel on your monitor, you will probably have difficulty unless you also employ the Windows 7 Calibrate Display option.

To access this utility, browse to Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalisation > Display > Calibrate Color – you might also try right-clicking an unusual portion of your desktop, selecting Screen resolution and in the Address bar going back one level to Display where you will see Calibrate Color listed on the left.

Using the Calibrate Display wizard you can adjust gamma settings (the balance between red, blue and green/RGB colour values) using sliders and selecting from samples that the wizard presents. Brightness and colour balance can also be adjusted, and for these you may need your monitor instruction manual in order to use the menus and display adjustment options on your device.

The Calibrate Display wizard is a very useful tool particularly if you are someone who requires precise colour reproduction on their monitor. The wizard explains each of the steps before inviting you to proceed, so you need only follow the on-screen instructions; at the end you can compare the original settings with the calibrated settings and make your choice about which to keep.

Adjust ClearType Text

Just as the colour reproduction of your monitor can be adjusted, so can the text. This is particularly useful for anyone who spends a lot of time in front of their PC or laptop reading or writing, and the tool for fine-tuning text display on your Windows 7 PC is found by following Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalisation > Display > Adjust ClearType text.

The ClearType Text Tuner utility will begin by giving you the option to Turn on ClearType. This box should be ticked before continuing. When you click Next to proceed, you will be given two text samples, each with slightly different smoothing; select your favourite to continue.

There are four of these comparisons in all, and when you have finished the ClearType Text Tuner utility any changes will be applied to the display of text across every application running on Windows. If you have already used the Calibrate Color utility then you should certainly fine tune your text afterwards.

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