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Why do the fonts and icons appear so small or difficult to read on my Dell Latitude or Inspiron portable computer? - Technical Tip - 165036

Set native resolution on LCD panel.

Set your LCD display to the native (maximum) resolution and increase the size of the fonts and icons.

For more information, refer to the following Dell Knowledge Base Articles:

FA1067332 — "How Do I Adjust the Icon and Font Sizes In the Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System?"

FA1047221 — "What are the different portable LCD and flat panel monitor screen resolutions?"

TT1012568 — "How do I adjust the screen resolution, color depth, and refresh rate on my Dell™ computer?"

FA1060669 — “Why does the video on my LCD display screen appear blocky or distorted?”

Lowering the resolution may cause distorted and fuzzy images.

The greater number of pixels in the high-resolution LCD displays shipped with many Dell™ Inspiron and Latitude portable computers may cause fonts and icons to appear smaller in comparison to lower-resolution LCD screens and external CRT monitors. Lowering the screen resolution through Windows® Display Properties is generally not a recommended method to obtain larger fonts and icons. This may cause distorted and fuzzy images.

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Article ID: SLN67288

Last Date Modified: 07/31/2010 12:00 AM

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