Changing settings on a computer

 

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Changing settings

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If you find that the computer display is difficult to read, you might want to change some of the settings to better suit your needs.

In this activity, you will learn about changing the screen resolution, and adjusting the brightness and colour contrast.

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Screen resolution

The screen resolution determines how much information is visible on the screen. Computers allow you to change your screen resolution to suit your needs.

Increasing the screen resolution is like zooming out. It can be a good option if you use lots of programs or need to see the whole screen.

Decreasing the screen resolution is like zooming in. It might be a good option if you find it hard to see the icons and want them to appear larger on the screen.

two screens - one high resolution and the other low resolution - to show the difference between them

How to change the screen resolution

Different computers have different ways to change settings. In the next slide, we take a look at how to change screen resolution settings on a desktop computer running Windows 10. Press the Continue button and then watch the video.

Changing settings on a computer: The screen resolution

This demonstration video is approximately 1 minute and 5 seconds in duration. It demonstrates how to adjust screen resolution on a Windows 10 computer.

Once the video starts, the intro panel fades and we see the screen is split into two parts. On the left-hand side is an animation of Windows 10 computer desktop. On the right-hand side, there is text displayed, which is the script for the voiceover track.

Voiceover: "First, you would select the Windows icon on the desktop. It looks like four little squares."

The left-hand panel shows the mouse cursor move to the bottom left-hand corner of the desktop to click on the Windows icon. The Windows menu slides up into view.

Voiceover: "Next, you would select the settings icon from the menu. It looks like a little cog."

The left-hand panel shows the cursor move up a little on the left to click on the little cog wheel icon and open the Windows settings menu.

Voiceover: "In the Settings Menu, you would select the System link to adjust the display resolution and appearance."

The left-hand panel shows the cursor click on the System icon to open the System options.

Voiceover: "You would then select the Resolution drop-down box."

The left-hand panel shows the cursor drag the scroll-bar box down until the Resolution box appears. The cursor then clicks on the little, downward facing arrow in the Resolution box to view the drop-down options list.

Voiceover: "Then, you would select the new screen resolution. The larger the numbers are, the smaller your computer's text and icons will be. So, if you want the text on your computer to be bigger choose one of the smaller numbers to the bottom of the list."

The left-hand panel shows the cursor select one of the smaller numbers and a pop-up message appears asking to confirm the new settings.

Voiceover: "Then, you would select Keep changes to adjust the resolution."

The left-hand panel shows the mouse cursor hover over the Keep changes button, ready to confirm.

Video ends.

Brightness and contrast

If you're having trouble seeing the items on the screen, you can also try changing the colour contrast or the screen brightness.

You can usually change the screen brightness by using the buttons on the front of your monitor.

a computer screen displaying the symbols for increasing or decreasing brightness and contrast

Adjusting font size

You can make the text and pictures on your screen easier to see by making them larger. You can do this without changing the screen resolution of your monitor or laptop. In the next slide, we take a look at how to change these settings on a desktop computer running Windows 10. Press the Continue button and then watch the video.

Changing settings on a computer: Adjusting font size

This demonstration video is approximately 44 seconds in duration. It demonstrates where to find the controls to change your font size on a Windows 10 computer.

Once the video starts, the intro panel fades and we see the screen is split into two parts. On the left-hand side is an animation of Windows 10 computer desktop. On the right-hand side, there is text displayed, which is the script for the voiceover track.

Voiceover: "First, you would select the Windows icon on the desktop. It looks like four little squares."

The left-hand panel shows the mouse cursor move to the bottom left-hand corner of the desktop to click on the Windows icon. The Windows menu slides up into view.

Voiceover: "Next, you would select the settings icon from the menu. It looks like a little cog."

The left-hand panel shows the cursor move up a little on the left to click on the little cog wheel icon and open the Windows settings menu.

Voiceover: "In the Settings Menu, you would select the System link to adjust the size of the fonts."

The left-hand panel shows the cursor click on the System icon to open the System options.

Voiceover: "Then, choose the Custom scaling link from the system settings menu."

The left-hand panel shows the cursor click on the Custom scaling link to open the scaling options panel.

Voiceover: "Type in a custom scaling size between 100% and 500% and hit Apply. This will change the size of the text, apps and menu items."

Video ends.

Well done!

You've completed the Changing settings on a computer activity.

You've found out how to change the screen resolution and adjust the contrast and brightness of the screen.

In the next activity, Using programs and managing files, you'll learn about how to open and close programs. You'll also find out about how to create files and folders.

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