Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Optimizing Display Settings In Windows | Adjust Windows DPI Scalings And Font Resolution

Windows Vista and Windows 7 can look great when it uses more resource for displaying visual items (which also includes Aero). But at the same time, use of much resources may slow down your system speed. And displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. --  This tutorial is for windows vista and windows 7. If you are looking for Optimizing Display Settings In Windows XP, please follow this link. And if you are looking for removing windows aero effects, read my earlier post -- Remove Windows Aero Effect To SpeedUp Windows Vista
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Although these options might seem confusing at first, it won’t take you long to get used to the new configurations for DPI scalings in Vista or windows 7.

You can open the Control Panel and open the Appearance and Personalization options (then select Personalize), or you can right-click in the middle of your screen and select Personalize.
These settings allow you to configure most aspects of the Windows UI, including your  screen background (wallpaper), screensavers, window color schemes, sounds, mouse pointers, themes, and display settings. In addition, here is where you configure your Windows Aero settings if your display adapter (video card) supports it.

One of the more useful settings you can change is the Font DPI settings. If you choose Adjust font size from the left side options (see screen shot above), you will see the link for the DPI Scaling utility shown in the following Figure. The default scale is 96 DPI, which might be too small.
The second option is 120 DPI, which many users find to be too large. If you click the Custom DPI option, however, you can use the slider to change the font size to something that suits your specific needs.

As anyone who uses an ultra-portable laptop would know, reading ultra-minimalistic  weblogs with 9px-sized fonts on a high-resolution 1400×1050 display panel spanning  an entire 12× is like an everyday blessing for eye-care companies. Now’s a good time to  invest in the laser eye surgery business.

Whilst desktop monitors have always maintained the adequately readable 96 DPI standard  with LCD displays, pixel-density on laptops has reached as high as 144 DPI, and  that means smaller interfaces and fonts. But who doesn’t want more pixels? The more  pixels, the clearer the image.

Windows Vista (also windows 7)  aims to reduce the negative effects of high-DPI displays by introducing  an updated DPI-scaling engine for the desktop compositor. This allows icons, interfaces  and text to be scaled bigger to compensate for the extra pixels. 
In theory, everything  should look just as crisp and detailed compared to the default 96 DPI. But in practice,  due to lack of vectorized interface elements and icons, it’s not perfect.
When you go to change the percentage of DPI the drop down button only allows you  to select up to 200%. However, if you move the slider you can go as high as 500% (not  recommended, but fun to see). Long Zheng notes that, “Theoretically you would need a  12-inch display with a resolution of 7000×5250 to properly appreciate 480 DPI.”

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