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How To Make Your Computer Screen Easier To See.

Make your icons, folders, shortcuts & text bigger. Easier to see, easier to read and easier to use. Modern high definition computer screens produce super sharp images, but they’re also smaller.

On the previous page of the At Home Computer Beginners Course, we looked at making the computer mouse (Computer Mouse And Keyboard Basics) easier to use, now it’s time to make your computer screen easier to see.

How To Change The Display Scale In Windows 10 & 11.

All the icons and text on your computer have a set size. But you can easily change that size. It’s called upscaling. It’s easy to do and will instantly make your screen easier to see.

To change the display scale, move the mouse pointer onto your desktop so that it’s not touching anything. It’s not touching any icons, folders or the taskbar.

Right click once and a menu will open.

On the menu, left click once on Display Settings.

Making your computer screen easier to see.
Right click on the desktop and then left click Display Settings.

The Right Click Menu.

The menu that opens when you right click is called either “the right click menu” or “the context menu” or “the options menu”. It doesn’t really matter which way you call it, most people will understand what you mean.

Scale Up To Make The Screen Easier To See.

The display settings page looks a little different depending on whether you’re using Windows 10 or Windows 11. Both are shown below.

In the Scale & Layout section, you’ll see a drop down box. By default it’ll be set to 100% (Recommended). You can safely ignore the “Recommended”. It doesn’t really mean anything.

Left click once on the downward pointing arrowhead and a menu (or list) of scaling options will appear.

On smaller screens (particularly laptops), you’ll probably only see 125%. But on larger screens, you could see several options. Select the option that you want by left clicking on it. The menu will close and the screen may flicker slightly as Windows reconfigures itself.

You’ll notice that everything has just got a little larger, easier to see and read. Close the Display Settings page by left clicking on the X in the top right hand corner.

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Scale and Layout section highlighted in Windows 10 and the dropdown arrow is marked.
Display Settings in Windows 10.

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Scale and Layout section highlighted in Windows 11 and the dropdown arrow is marked.
Display Settings in Windows 11.

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Changing the Display scale to make the screen easier to see in Windows 10.
Depending on your screen size, you may only have the 125% option.

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Changing the Display scale to make the screen easier to see in Windows 11.
But on larger screens, you should have a larger choice.

Which Scaling Option To Choose?

Assuming you have several scaling options available to you, which one should you go for? There isn’t any “correct” choice as such. It really all depends on what suits you. Whatever makes your screen easier to use is the right choice.

But as a starting point, I’d suggest going with the 125% option first. If that’s OK for you, then great. If you want to try a little larger, then you can always come back here and change the setting again.

After closing the Display Settings page, you’ll return to the desktop.

You should find that everything has increased in size, making it easier to see what’s on the screen.

If you’re using a particularly large screen with a very high resolution, you might find that 125% isn’t enough. If that’s the case, simply re-open the Display settings and select a higher percentage increase.

How to make your screen easier to see.
By making everything a little bigger, your screen will be easier to use.
A simple notebook.

How To Change The Display Scale.

  • Right click on your desktop
  • Left click Display Settings
  • In the Scale & Layout section, left click the drop down arrowhead and select desired scale.

How To Change The Text Size In Windows 10 & 11.

When you change the display scaling everything will be affected. Icons, folders, shortcuts as well as the size of the text.

But you can change just the text size if you’d prefer. Using larger text will obviously make it much easier to read what’s on the screen.

To change the text size in both Windows 10 and Windows 11, left click once on the Start button and then type “text size“. Click “Make text size bigger (system settings)” on the search results.

How to change the text size in Windows 10.
Changing the size of text use in Windows 10.
How to change the default text size in Windows 11.
Changing the size of text use in Windows 11.

Make The Text Size Bigger To Make The Screen Easier To Read.

On the Text Size page, drag the slider across to the right to increase the size of the text in Windows.

To drag the slider, hover your mouse pointer over the slider, then hold down the left hand mouse button. Move the mouse to the right, keeping the mouse button depressed as you do it. You’ll find that the slider will move with your mouse.

As you drag the slider, the “sample text” will get larger. Keep dragging until the sample text is easy for you to see and read.

Making the text bigger in Windows 10.
Increasing the text size in Windows 10.
Make text bigger in Windows 11.
Increasing the text size in Windows 11.

When you’re happy that you can read the sample text easily, click the Apply button. You have to click the Apply button, otherwise the new text size won’t work.

Close the Text Size window by left clicking on the X in the top right hand corner and check out your computer to make sure you can easily read what’s on the screen.

Sample text is much larger in Windows 10. The Apply button is marked.
Windows 10.
Sample text is much larger in Windows 11. The Apply button is marked.
Windows 11.
A simple notebook.

How To Change The Size Of Text In Windows.

  • Left click the Start button and type “text size
  • Left click Make text size bigger (system settings)
  • Drag the text size slider left or right to make the text larger or smaller.
  • Click the Apply button.

Making Your Screen Easier To See And Read.

For many of us, reading from a computer screen can be difficult. It makes sense to make it as easy as possible to do by making everything that little bit larger.

If you’re looking for a recommendation, then I’d suggest using the scaling option first. Scaling up your display makes everything larger and therefore easier to see and use.

Take some time setting it up. Don’t be afraid of changing the settings several times, after all, it’s doubtful that you’ll get it just right first time.

On the next page of the At Home Computer Beginners Course, we’ll be sorting out the Windows Start Menu, I’ll see you there.

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