Having trouble reading or seeing some of the items and text on the Windows Desktop and in windows?
Or, maybe you just want to make some changes that can speed up Windows.
I’ll use Windows 7 as the example in this article about some options Windows offers to change the way it displays images and text on the screen.
Open the Windows Control Panel (Start > Control Panel). In the bottom right hand corner of the Control Panel dialog box, you’ll find the Ease of Access header and the link "Optimize visual display."
Clicking on Optimize Visual Display will open the dialog box below.
One of the important things to notice is that there links to other Windows dialog boxes, which will enable you to make related changes that are not handled directly by this dialog box.
I don’t believe that I made any changes to the defaults in the top half of this dialog box (notice that it scrolls downward — the initial display will not be all the available items.
The first checkbox simply enables a hot-key combination that will allow you to turn on a special high-contract color scheme.
The next sets of options deals with adding audio for text and descriptions, and then, otpions to make things large on the screen — either permanent-type settings or turning on the Magnifier to be able to see something temporarily expand.
Two features that I find helpful are the one to change the thickness of the blinking cursor from the default width of 1 pixel to two or more (I’ve changed mine to 2 pixels wide). That will make it much easier to find.
I also choose to turn off all unnecessary animations, when possible. Even though I have a fast computer, I use it. It can really be a help on a slow computer.