Five ways to make your PC easier to see

Do you find yourself fighting the urge to press your nose against the screen because you can't see text and images clearly?

Cartoon of a man so close to computer screen his nose pokes through the other side Maybe you were born finding it hard to see up close, maybe you're just finding it difficult now, or—and, sigh, it's true―as you rack up birthdays, sooner or later you're going to experience some changes in your vision. But changes in your eyesight don’t have to interfere with your ability to see things on your computer screen.

Get the best display on your monitor

Windows determines the best display settings for your PC based on your monitor. If you want to adjust your display settings, or if they were changed and you want to restore default settings, there are a few things you can try:

Increase the size of your icons

You can also quickly make just the icons on your desktop larger and easier to see.

  • Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Small Icons.

You can also use the scroll wheel on your mouse to change the size of your desktop icons.

  • On the desktop, press and hold Ctrl while you scroll by using the wheel to change the icon size.

Learn more about how to show, hide, or resize icons.

Use the Magnifier

You may have been using Windows for years and not realized there is a built in Magnifier that enlarges part of the screen. You can adjust the Magnifier to zoom in at various levels and focus wherever you want to focus on the screen.

Magnifier in Windows 8 includes full-screen and lens modes. Full-screen mode lets you magnify your entire screen and follow your mouse pointer. In lens mode, the area around the mouse pointer is magnified. When you move the mouse pointer, the area of the screen that is magnified moves along with it.

Enlarge your mouse pointer

You can change the look of your mouse cursor so it is easier for you to quickly and easily see on-screen. Try selecting a new pointer style, and also try changing the color and size of your mouse pointer.

Improve your screen resolution

Screen resolution refers to the clarity of the text and images on your screen. At higher resolutions, items appear sharper, but they also appear smaller, so more items fit on the screen. At lower resolutions, fewer items fit on the screen, but they are larger and easier to see. Choose a screen resolution that is better for your eyes, but that is also appropriate for your computer.