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Setting up your laptop's display

To get the best out of your screen you need to make sure that it’s set up properly and that you know how to edit the settings for the best performance

It’s easy to take for granted the screen on your laptop, but it really is a feat of modern engineering. The millions of tightly packed pixels provide pin sharp images and colour accuracy with a bright and balanced look. It helps you get work done without having to squint at the screen and allows you to watch movies in full HD quality.

To get the best out of your screen you need to make sure that it’s set up properly and that you know how to edit the settings for the best performance in different situations. All the display settings are handled through the Display control panel.

Open the Display control panel and click on Adjust resolution. Here you can choose to modify the resolution to suit your needs – the screen will be sharpest at its native resolution, but you can choose other options should you want to. If you’ve connected an external display you can select the settings for it here.

Click back to Display and select Adjust Brightness, use the slider at the bottom of the window to make the screen brighter or darker. It’s worth remembering that the brighter the screen the more power the laptop will need so your battery life will fall accordingly. Try to only use full brightness when you’re connected to or near a power source. 

Visit the Dell Tech Zone for more advice on family computing.

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