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LCD monitor questions

by babu357 / May 4, 2009 1:59 PM PDT

HI. I'm considering buying a new monitor for my computer and looking at LCD screens. But I cam confused about a lot of things.
First something I never understood about monitors in general is resolution size. Currently I have mine set on 800X600 pixels. I know that a higher resolution is supposed to result in a better image. Such as in a photograph, the more DPI the better the quality of the pic. But whenever i set my resolution on my current monitor higher than 800x600 it results in smaller icons, text, etc. I have the ability to go to 1600x1200 on my display but then I wind up with these tiny images . I dont' quite understand why you would want to have tiny icons at a high resolution.
And so this does also confuse me when looking at the specs for LCD monitors. I saw a 19 inch today, that had a 1280x1024 resolution. Now is this a good thing, IS is this going to give me tiny icons and text? Or is this different some how. Because the one on display had normal size graphics Icons text etc...Sorry if this sounds dumb but this really does confuse me.
If you can answer this I have some more questions for you.;)

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It's called . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 4, 2009 11:37 PM PDT
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Native Resolution. That figure is where the display will show the best resolution. But you can set it at whatever you want. Set it to 800 X 600 if you want.

A higher resolution will result in smaller text and icons. But those can be adjusted in your graphics properties. Larger text is easier to read. But pictures and graphics will show better in a higher resolution.

All this is completely adjustable.

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Adjusting the graphics
by babu357 / May 5, 2009 12:43 PM PDT
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It's adjustable. Good. But how/where do I adjust it? I have no idea. I"m no computer wiz, and we all have to start to learn somewhere.
Can you give me an idea of how/where I adjust my graphics so that I can use my monitor at a higher resolution but still keep everything from shrinking.


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Right click on the desktop . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 5, 2009 10:30 PM PDT
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and choose Properties. Click the Settings tab. On the left choose your resolution with the slider. Now click the Advanced button. Use the drop down to select the DPI settings. Apply. Go back to the main window and choose Appearance. Choose the font size. Click the Effects button. Check "Use large icons" if you wish.

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always use native resolution
by omegavitae / May 31, 2009 4:42 AM PDT
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Windows Vista supports changing size of the icon very vell so you should always go with monitor native picture, because that the best picture... for basics you can go to

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