If you work or play games a lot on your computer, you want to make sure you use the right display settings. It’ll make the experience of staring the screen a lot more pleasant and it can ensure you don’t add unnecessary strain on your eyes.
Luckily, Windows 10 offers plenty of options in terms of tweaking your display options. This will ensure you make the most of the new operating system and have more fun using your computer or laptop.
Here are the Windows 10 display settings you need to try right now and take your computing to the next level.
Make old apps look better with high DPI scaling
You might have upgraded your display into 4k ready only to find how it makes most apps look blurry. Developers haven’t yet started pushing out content for 4k screens and the existing apps and games haven’t been updated to look good with the high pixelation.
The cool thing about the new Windows 10 Creators Update is that you can actually override DPI settings and ensure individual apps scale properly on your high-resolution displays. You can do this by clicking the individual app (right-click) and choose Properties. There you can click the Compatibility tab and check the box that says Override High DPI Scaling Behaviour. Choose System and Enhanced in the pull-down menu and you’ll get to enjoy crisp and clean apps.
If you haven’t yet updated to a 4k monitor, this Windows 10 trick will definitely provide you with a reason to do so. 4k monitors can even be found extremely cheap from the retailers at OZCodes.com.au so there’s no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of high resolution.
Adjust the size of text, icons and apps to suit your preferences
You might find the size of text, icons and apps just a bit too small for your liking. If you are having trouble reading without squinting your eyes, you could be adding a lot of unnecessary stress on your eyes. The solution is rather simple in Windows 10.
Click the Display Settings and find the options for Scale and Layout. Windows will always offer you a certain percentage, depending on your display. This doesn’t mean you can’t tweak it to your taste. This scaling can be especially useful for people that have vision problems, such as the elderly.
Another handy trick for ensuring your text looks crisp is to tune it up. You can start the ClearType Tuner on Windows 10 and select the text style that best suits your eyes. The tool will give you five options of text and all you have to do is pick the one that looks the clearest for you.
Start using the night-light
The usual blue screen light is actually rather bad for you in terms of getting rest. The unnatural light can shift your body clock and make you feel like you don’t need to sleep – it’s no wonder we could spend hours staring at the screen at night. Part of the reason we’re not sleeping well is the fact we spend so much time starting at the blue light.
Now, Windows actually allows you to switch to warmer tones that feel more natural to your eyes and which won’t hinder your ability to sleep. You can change this setting by heading to the Settings section and clicking Systems and Display. There you will find a link for Night Light Settings. The slider allows you to set the warmth of the light. You can also set the timer manually or make the light turn on when the sun sets in your region.
Calibrate the colours
Another important display trick to consider is calibrating the colours on your display. You can find a built-in calibration tool for this in the Control Panel. Just search for colour calibration and you will see an option to Calibrate Colour Display.
The tool will automatically help you through a string of steps that will ensure the display settings are just right. You will be able to select better options for things like gamma, brightness, contrast and colour balance. You’ll get plenty of tips to find just the right setting so don’t worry if you’re not sure what the settings are supposed to look like.
Disable the lock screen
Finally, you might want to make getting back to work just a bit easier by disabling the lock screen. The screen is the one that asks you to enter your password or pin every time you wake your computer. To avoid this and to get directly to the login screen, you can go to the registry editor. From there you need to navigate to a section called: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
You can then create a new registry key and name it Personalisation. Within the Personalisation key, create a DWORD value and name it NoLockScreen. Set the value data to 1 and click OK. Next time you won’t have to worry about the lock screen when you come back to work on your computer.
If you want to take your Windows 10 use to the next level and enjoy better graphic settings, the above tips will help tune up your display.