Increase Text in Windows 8

Dear Computer Lady,

When I had my old computer, I used to be able to make everything on the screen appear larger by changing my screen resolution.

Now that I have a new computer with Windows 8 and a nice widescreen monitor, if I try to change the resolution, everything looks funny, and it is not any easier to read.

How do I make the text on my screen larger and easier to read?

I hope you can help me with my computer, Kimberly

Dear Kimberly,

Changing the resolution on new, widescreen LCD monitors will tend to distort the images, so you need to adjust the text and images using a different method. This will work in both Windows 7 and Windows 8:

1. Tap the windows logo key on your keyboard and type “Control Panel” then click on “Control Panel” on the start screen.
(In Windows 7 you can also click on “Start” and then “Control Panel)
2. In the Control Panel, click on “Appearance and Personalization”
3. Click on “Display”.
4. You will see a section labeled, Change the size of all items. Click on the size you want, Medium or larger, then click “Apply”.

You will have to log out of your account, and then log back in to see the changes, but this should make your new computer easier to read.



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