Susan here with a little “Works For Me Wednesday.”
Here it goes…
I use a high screen resolution (1280 by 1024 pixels) on my computer monitor so that I can have more screen real estate and improve my productivity.
I make the icons and words on my screen smaller so that I can fit more stuff on my screen at one time and not waste as much time scrolling windows.
Janice may have mentioned before that I am a bit of a geek. In my previous life I was a software developer. And if you check the monitors of all the software developers you can get your hands on, you’ll find those monitors all set to the maximum resolution. The reason is you can get more done when one window isn’t monopolizing your screen. You don’t want to waste time scrolling scroll bars and moving windows around any more than you must.
I am rather shocked by how many people use 800 by 600 resolution. When I put my screen to 800 by 600, it feels like I’m wearing a straight jacket. I can’t move. It’s actually painful.
But for many people, their computers came with that setting, they’re happy and don’t know any different. And that’s okay… I’m not putting anyone down for keeping their icons and words large and easy to read. Perhaps if you have poor eyesight, this might be a good setting. But for most people, it really isn’t necessary, and they’re missing out.
The next step is to move to 1024 by 768. I think that is the minimum that anyone – who is trying to get something done on her computer – should be using.
Now if you’re a power user, check if your monitor can support the higher resolution of 1280 by 1024. (On my widescreen Dell laptop, the highest resolution is 1280 by 800, because the shape of the monitor is not as high but is wide.)
How to Increase Your Screen Resolution:
In Windows, right click on your desktop and select Properties. Then select the “Settings” tab and in the “Screen Resolution” section, slide the bar to the right to increase the resolution to the next setting.
When you first try to increase your screen resolution, you may think, “Yikes, that’s too small… I can’t read it.” But give it a couple of hours and try it out. Then, go back to the previous resolution and you’ll probably think, “Ugh, it’s cutting off all my windows… I can’t see enough stuff!”
Of course, screen resolution is going to come down to personal taste, but 1280 by 1024 “works for me.”
So tell me, what screen resolution do you use and have you ever tried another setting?
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