Windows 8 – Appearance and Personalization – Display

This applet lets you manage your display settings like screen resolution, text size, display size, secondary screens, etc.

How to Launch It

  • Open the traditional Control Panel through the Start Screen or using the Run Windows command “control”.
  • Select “Category” view for Control Panel.
  • Select “Appearance and Personalization” category. This opens a new page containing the subcategories.
  • Select “Display”. This will launch the applet on the same control panel page.

Display Size

The main page of the applet provides you option to make the size of the display elements bigger. You can make everything on the screen 25% bigger.

That might not be desirable, however, as the whole display may not fit your screen. To mitigate that issue, this applet also provides you option to change the text size of individual items.

These items include

  • Menus
  • Title bar
  • Message boxes
  • Palette titles
  • Icons
  • Tooltips

You can increase or decrease the font size of these items. You can make the typeface “bold”. As shown in the above image, I have emboldened the text of the title bars.

Screen Resolution

You can also change the screen resolution and the orientation of the display screen(s).

In case of multiple displays, you need to select the display first. The applet also provides options to detect and identify any connected secondary displays. This will detect all the displays, and then order them, so that you can customize the resolution for each of them.

You can also change the orientation of the display. In case you want to put a display vertically (due to space constraints, may be), then you might want to change the orientation to portrait mode.

Projection to another Screen

If you have the luxury of secondary display screens, then you may want to put it to good use. You can extend your current display to the secondary screen so that you can divide your desktop (and application windows) into two screens.

If the secondary screen is bigger, then you might want to duplicate the current display so that you can work on the secondary screen only.

In any case, the Display applet provides you the way to project your display to the second screen in any way you want.

Click on the “Project to a second screen” link located on the left pane of the applet. This brings up a pane from the right side of the screen, which provides all the styles in which you might want to project your display. Click on any one of them, and you are done.

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