Better adjust your computer screen? How to do it | Tech

Do you feel that the quality of your screen could be improved? Your PC, Mac or laptop has a lot of settings to play with. We will list what’s in it for you.

Most displays, whether a separate display or a permanent part of a laptop, are usually already set up by the manufacturer. But of course you can adjust the settings yourself and even calibrate the colors so that they better match, for example, the lighting conditions in your room.

It’s quite technical, but today computers running on Windows or Mac come with many tools that take the associated hassle out of your hands. But also tinkering with the default settings can make a big difference.

Set monitor for the night

In Windows 10 or Windows 11, start at ‘settings’, and from there click on ‘system’ and then on ‘display’. Here you can ‘slide’ the image more or less clearly with a simple switch. Be careful with a laptop, because a higher setting requires more power.

You can also set the light for dark surroundings (night light). Here you change the color temperature of your screen to reduce blue light. You can set specific times if you want, choose warmer or less warm light during the day and in the evening.

HDR settings

Another option worth checking out is HDR. Depending on your options, you have several HDR options that you can turn on or off, e.g streaming HDR video Game.

HDR stands for ‘High Dynamic Range’. This means that the differences in brightness between light and dark parts of the image are better represented. You can calibrate this via various menus, and Windows (10 and 11) guides you through it nicely.

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Calibrate colors

If you really want to go in depth, you can refine the colors further via the control panel. Click on ‘color management’ and select the ‘advanced’ tab. Now select ‘calibrate display’ and follow the instructions via ‘color calibration’. You will now be asked to adjust the gamma, brightness, contrast and color balance of the screen. You will also be nicely guided through the various options here.

After this, Windows will take you to ‘Clear Type Tuner’. You will then be shown five thumbnail screens of text and decide which text looks best on each page. When you all TrueTypescreens, you can complete the process.

Mac settings

As with Windows, you can also change the basic settings with each Mac. Click the Apple icon, then “System Preferences,” then “Display.” Here you can adjust brightness, resolution, TrueTone (screen adjusts automatically in different environments), and Night watchman (Apple’s version of night light).

You can also use color filters on a Mac. You can select a color filter to adjust the screen colors in the event of color deviations or to give the entire screen a different color tone to, for example, read text better. Via ‘System settings’, click successively on ‘Accessibility’, ‘Display’ and ‘Colour filters’. If you enable it, you can then select a filter type. You can adjust the intensity of most filters.

Calibrate colors through macOS

As with PCs, you can calibrate the colors on your Mac’s screen. First, click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen. Then select “System Preferences”, click “Display” and then “Color”. Now select ‘calibrate’ and go through the ‘display calibration wizard’.

Now select a white point according to the example, give your color profile a name and click ‘finish’ to close the calibration. Your screen is now calibrated and your colors should now be better than before.

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