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Display settings

These tips can help you get the most out of the precious square inches of real estate on your screen.

Screen resolution

Make sure you are using the highest resolution that your monitor supports.

  • On PCs, change this setting by going to My Computer > Control Panel > Display > Settings.
  • Adjust the "screen area" slider.
  • You may also want to increase the number of colours displayed. 32 or 24 bit is best, but these settings may only be available at lower screen area settings, or not at all.
  • You can also change display settings by right-clicking on an empty area of your desktop and selecting Properties.



In the default setup, the menus at the top of your web browser take up a lot more space than they need to. On small screens this will make you scroll more than you need to.


Internet Explorer

  • Go to "Toolbars" under the "View" menu and uncheck the toolbars you don't use
  • Select "Customize" from the same menu. You can disable the text labels, use smaller buttons, and remove unneeded buttons.
    • The above options are available by right-clicking on the toolbars as well.
  • Close the "Explorer bar" on the left hand side, if it is open.
  • Press F11 for Full-screen mode. F11 also returns you to regular mode.


  • Under the "View" menu you can hide toolbars you don't use.
  • Click on the "handle" on the left edge of a toolbar to minimize it.
  • In Netscape 6, press F9 to close the Sidebar.

Font size


If increasing the screen area made things too small to read, you can increase the font size in your web browser. Display Settings > Appearance also lets you change the font sizes for menus etc. in all programs by selecting a different scheme or altering the default scheme.


Internet Explorer

  • under the "View" menu, select a different setting from the "Text size" menu.


  • under the "View" menu, select "Increase Font"