OK-WHAT AM I MISSING?
LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I JUST UPGRADED TO A LCD MONITOR FROM A CRT. I ALSO THINK I'M PART OF THE HUGE MAJORITY THAT USES THE COMPUTER MAINLY FOR THE INTRANET. THESE LCD MONITORS ARE SUPPOSE TO WORK BEST AT THE HIGHEST RESOLUTION OF 1280x1024. DOES ANYONE EVERY USE THAT RESOLUTION?? ALL IT DOES IS MAKE EVERYTHING SO UNBEARABLY SMALL. GRANTED, YOU CAN GET MORE ON THE SCREEN, BUT MOST WEB PAGES ARE SIZED TO FIT A LOWER RESOLUTION LIKE 1024x768. I GOT A 19 INCH SO EVERYTHING WOULD BE BIGGER AND EASIER TO READ. THIS SUPPOSIBLY "NATIVE/OPTIMAL" RESOLUTION MAKES IT SMALLER THAN A 15 INCH MONITOR. WHY BOTHER GETTING A LARGE MONITOR? WHEN I SET IT AT A LOWER RESOLUTION (BAD TERM),(IT SHOULD BE LABELED AS "LARGER RESOLUTION" AS HIGHER RESOLUTION MEANS EVERYTHING YOU READ IS LIKE THE FINE PRINT ON THE BACK OF A LOAN APPLICATION) THE TEXT IS A LITTLE FUZZY; BUT AT LEAST I CAN READ IT. TO ME, THE OPTIMAL RESOLUTION IS THE TEXT/IMAGE SIZE THAT CAN BE SEEN NORMALLY AND CENTERED ON THE SCREEN AND THIS IS NOT 1280x1024.
Message Edited by HENRY2HENRY2 on 10-15-2003 01:08 AM
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That is normal. The higher the resolution is the smaller the text will be. You can go into the Display Settings and click the Appearance tab. From there you can change the font size to large. Try setting the resoluton to 1024x768 to see if that will work for you.
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Surprisingly you do become accustomed to the higher resolution. Another little trick is take advantage of the zoom feature, in many web pages you can increase the text size quite a bit. Hold down the Ctrl key, and spin your mouse wheel, this also works in many Office apps as well. Also it is important that the text at this size be very sharp and crisp, so be sure if you have XP, to use clear type. Here is a wizard in case you haven't seen it to set it to your liking. Hope you find this useful.
There is one more setting that you can try at least when you are surfing the internet with internet explorer. With explorer open Go to VIEW Then go to TEXT SIZE and increase you text size inside of internet explorer.
I am having the same problem. I just replaced the motherboard in my Dell Inspiron 8100 Laptop and since then cannot see full screen with normal sized icons, windows et. cet. I use AOL and that is where things really go south. My buddy list is tiny, tool and task bars cause me to squint, all windows are just small and not properly sized. I have lowered resolution as suggested in this thread, but that just decreases the size of my screen. So that is not good either. I enlarged the icons on my desktop so they are now normal sized, but can't fix everything. I am so frustrated. THere has to be a solution to this since I did not have this issue with the old motherboard.
Many of the new users of LCD monitors complaining about the appearance have not yet taken the time to adjust the settings, not the resolution, which should be at the monitor's native setting.
For the best performance and display quality of most LCD monitors 19" and smaller, your display resolution should be set to 1280 x 1024 which is the native resolution of the monitor. You can adjust these other display settings to compensate for the smaller icons and text:
Go to display properties/settings/advanced and you can change the DPI setting.
Under display properties/appearance/font size select large fonts.
Under display properties/appearance/effects clear the 1st box, check the 2nd box and select ClearType.
For additional enhancement use the Microsoft ClearType Tuner, found here:
Message Edited by robnalex on 12-18-2003 10:39 AM
If we just consider monitor size for a moment (ie, consider two CRTs) and you exchange your 15" for a 19" (both CRTs) you will get a "larger" image at the same resolution. So, if you are used to running your 15" CRT at 800x600 and then you run your 19" CRT at 800x600, your icons and text will be a bit larger on the 19". The advantage of going to a higher resolution, like 1024x768 or 1280x1024 is that you can get more screen "real estate" at one time. So, I can see more of the excel spreadsheet at one time, or a larger web-page without scrolling. You are right, that when you set the resolution higher, the pixels appear smaller, so that if an image is 100 pixels wide, that would represent 12.5% of the screen if the resolution is set to 800x600 (irrespective of physical screen size). However, that same image, on the same monitor would only represent 7.81% of the screen if the monitor is set to 1280x1024, thereby appearing smaller.
Many, many people that I know like the 1280x1024 on a 19" CRT. I use that resolution at home. If you don't like it, fine, change it to whatever you like.
Your real problem seems to be that on an LCD monitor of 19" the 1280x1024 is the only resolution that provides the clearest image, yet this resolution is not to your liking. So, you can't really set the resolution lower than this. I would say return it.
But, the benefit of the larger monitor is the ability to set it to a higher resolution, get more "screen real estate" and still have an acceptable size image. Before I had my 19" CRT, I was using a 17" CRT. I could set the 17" to 1280x1024 but the text and images were way too small. However, this resolution on the 19" works fine, for me.
Anything less than the native resolution will produce an inferior display on an LCD monitor. The default windows display settings will produce text and icons that are too small for most preferences. You can compensate for this by making the adjustments to the settings that I posted above, without lowering the resolution and producing a lousy display quality.
I'm surprised there isn't more discussion on this issue. What's more important than the configuration of the monitor! The Windows XP appearance tools are very confusing and take a lot of fiddling before you can change font sizes where you want them changed. I have read this thread and tried all the hints contained therein. I think the best way to increase font sizes in IE and other areas is to simply increase the DPI from 96 normal to 120 larger size. Right click the desk top click properties-settings-advance and change the dpi setting.
Still looking for new tips and tricks on this subject.
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