How to adjust windows screen brightness and contrast

For the optimization of the viewing experience, the brightness and the contrast of the computer need to be adjusted. The bland image quality or sub-par picture display puts a lot of strain on your eyes which ultimately makes you less productive, therefore, the brightness and the contrast needs to be accurate. Adjusting the brightness and contrast of the windows will improve the text readability by making images appear more clear and crisp. The modern operating systems like Windows 7 has made it lot easier to adjust the screen brightness and contrast without going through a complex process. So instead of feeling uncomfortable with the present screen level, adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast by changing the display properties. Here are some simple step-by-step instructions for adjusting the display of your monitor properly.

How to adjust windows screen brightness and contrast
How to adjust windows screen brightness and contrast

Complexity level: Basic

Resources required:

  1. Computer
  2. Windows 7 operating system

1. Open personalization window

  • Click the Start button at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen and select Control Panel from the list that appears.
  • The control panel window will open; click the Personalization option in it.
2. Open Display Color Calibration window

  • On the personalization page that opens up, look out for the option Display. It is located at the bottom left corner of the window. Click the Display option and you will be guided to the display page.
  • In the left navigation panel of this page, click the option Calibrate Color and the Display Color Calibration window will open.
3. Adjust brightness and contrast

  • Click the Next button until you come across the option Adjust Gamma. Here you'll have to adjust gamma in order to get accurate brightness and contrast. Appropriate visual aid and examples will be provided by the computer to help you out in determining the brightness level.
  • Once you are satisfied with the contrast then click the Next button and review the sample brightness and contrast optimal images. Continue to click the Next button through all these sample images. The optimal images in the samples are used to do the automatic calibration. This new configuration of display settings is saved.
4. Compare with previous calibration

  • The final option will be to compare the previous configuration of brightness and contrast with the present configuration. Compare the two configurations to determine whether you are comfortable with the changes or not.
  • If you are satisfied with the optimization then click the Finish button.
Frequently asked questions:Question: How can I adjust screen brightness and contrast in Windows XP?

Answer: Windows XP has a feature that provides an access to the video card settings of the computer, which allows changes in the monitor parameters including contrast and brightness. The steps given below can certainly help you out.

  • First of all, you need to log in to your windows user account as an administrator.
  • Right click on the desktop and from the list that appears, select Properties option.
  • In the properties window, select the Settings tab which is followed by clicking the Advanced button.
  • Select the Nvidia tab and under this tab, click the Nvidia Control Panel button. This opens up the video card setting window.
  • Select the color correction or color setting adjustment option and a horizontal bar labeled as Brightness will appear in the next window.
  • Simply slide this bar to left or right to adjust the brightness of the screen.

Quick tips:

Don't be afraid to make slight changes to suit your preferences as all of us see somewhat differently from each other.

Things to watch out for:

If you are not very comfortable while working on your computer; then try adjusting the brightness and contrast. This may relieve your eyes from strain.

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