How to make everything on your screen bigger

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If you have any kind of vision challenge, or if your eyesight is just gradually getting worse over time, you aren’t the only one. One nice feature of Windows 10 – you can make everything bigger and easier to read.

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I grew up wearing glasses since I was 8 years old. I could see things fine up close, but everything was blurry far away. About 12 years ago I had LASIK surgery to correct my vision.  LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” and it’s amazing. The whole procedure lasted about 15  minutes and the next day I just couldn’t believe it. I could go outside here in sunny Florida and see faraway things, perfectly clearly, without glasses.

But there was a downside. After I had the surgery, I did not have the same close-up vision I had before. So I could see things far away with no problem, but I needed to wear reading glasses to read a book or to see something up close.

And to be fair, the doctor told me this would most likely happen. In fact, he said that if I wanted to, I could have one eye corrected to see far away, and the other eye corrected just to see things up close. That was an option I pretty quickly declined. I knew I would probably eventually get used to it, but I just didn’t like the idea of having drastically different vision in each eye. And I really don’t mind too much having to wear reading glasses.

Quality of vision definitely comes into play when you’re using a computer. I’m on my computer most of the day so it’s a big factor. I actually have a particular pair of readers for when I’m using the computer, and I use a different strength for when I’m reading a book. This is because the computer screen is farther away from my eyes than a book I’m holding.

One thing Microsoft has done well with Windows 10 is allowing adjustments to be made for people with different eyesight abilities. There are several settings available to make it easy to see what’s on the screen.

And here’s how you get to those settings: hold down the Windows key, and tap the letter U.

This brings up the Display options, and there are a few controls on here you might want to experiment with.

First, you’ll see a slide bar where you can make the text on the screen bigger. When it’s the size you like, click Apply.

make text bigger

Then below that is the option to make everything bigger – this includes the apps AND the text that you see on the screen.

make everything bigger

You’ll also notice an option to make the cursor bigger, in case you have trouble seeing it on the screen:

make cursor bigger

And finally, you’ll see a link where you can control the brightness of the screen. For me, everything is easier to see when it’s brighter.

make things brighter

 

If you’re on a computer for much of the day like I am, it makes a big difference when everything is easier to see and read. And it’s better for the health of your eyesight in the long run too.

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MaryJo
March 2nd, 2020

Hi Scott,
I recently discovered entirely by accident that I could temporarily make everything in a particular document or web page larger by holding down the ctrl key and rotating the scroller on my mouse away from me. If I want to make everything go smaller, I rotate the scroller towards me while holding down the ctrl key.
When I close out of the site or doc, any and all other websites or docs are their normal size..
MaryJo

Ferhana
March 8th, 2020

Hi
Your podcast is very helpful.
Apologies for this basic question, but what do you mean by the ‘the windows key’?
I don’t have a key on my keyboard labelled “windows”

Scott Johnson
March 8th, 2020

It’s the one in the lower left area of the keyboard, with the Microsoft Windows logo (or perhaps the word “Win”).

Dennis Hughes
March 9th, 2020

I make the screen content larger by typing in “magnifier” in the search box in the lower left. I then drag it to the task bar. when i click on the icon it gives me a choice of how much magnification i want.