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Personalizing Your Windows 7 System

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This chapter will help you make your Windows 7 system an extension of your personality by showing different ways to customize it, configure it, install programs, and generally make it your own.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Changing Display Settings

Your Display settings can be located through Control Panel. You can also get to them quickly by working off the Screen Resolution settings, accessed off the desktop through a new shortcut you can access by right-clicking the desktop and choosing Screen Resolution.

The new Screen Resolution settings (see Figure 2.1) are very easy to work with. You can choose your display and resolution. You can click the Detect button to locate attached monitors/projectors. Click the Identify button to display a number for the display you are looking at. Using that information, you can choose the monitor and the display and resolution settings for that particular monitor (which is especially helpful in a multi-monitor situation).

Figure 2.1

Figure 2.1 Screen Resolution settings.

If you click the link Make Text and Other Items Larger or Smaller, you return to the Display settings (see Figure 2.2). (Or you can click the Display option in the address bar.) The Display screen is where you can choose Smaller, Medium or Larger; each option provides a Preview of what that particular display looks like. You can also quickly select one of the links to the left to make other changes. For example, you can click the Set custom text size (DPI) option change your text size to a size that suits your needs. The default, or normal, scale is set at 96 pixels per inch. If that size is too small for you, the second option of 125% is 120 pixels per inch (which might be too large).

Figure 2.2

Figure 2.2 Display settings.

Clicking the Adjust ClearType Text link displays the ClearType Text Tuner, which you can use to turn ClearType on or off and then click through various steps of a Wizard to refine your ClearText.

let_me_try_it.jpg Let Me Try It: Adjusting Your System to Work With Multiple Monitors

At times, you might have more than one monitor to manage. You might need a little more screen real-estate with your particular type of job or to operate more smoothly in your work or hobby.

  1. Connect both monitors to the computer and ensure your system can 'see' them both.
  2. Right-click the desktop and choose Screen Resolution.
  3. Both monitors should displays in the preview window (see Figure 2.3). Click Monitor 1.
    Figure 2.3

    Figure 2.3 Adjusting screen resolution on multiple monitors.

  4. Below the preview image, note the Display, Resolution, Orientation and Multiple Displays settings.
  5. Click Monitor 2. Note its settings as well.
  6. Click the monitor you want to use as your main display. Make sure the Make This My Main Display checkbox is checked for this monitor.
  7. If you want to duplicate the screen from your primary display onto your secondary display, .select the Multiple Displays drop-down arrow and choose Duplicate Displays (which makes the second monitor a duplicate of the primary monitor). Otherwise, you will probably want to leave the default Extend These displays option selected (which provides the extension of screen real-estate you may be looking for).
  8. If it's difficult for you to determine which monitor represents which number in the preview window, click the Identify button. Large numbers will display on your monitors so that you can more easily discern which monitor is which.
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