Changing settings on a computer

 

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Changing settings

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What's coming up

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. Windows allows 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 PC with Windows 10. Press the 'Continue' button and then watch the video.

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 – they're a bit like the ones on a TV.

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 PC with Windows 10. Press the 'Continue' button and then watch the video.

Well done!

You've now come to the end of 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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