7 Rather Cool Things About Windows 7
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I reckon I spend enough time in front of a monitor, so getting the best out of it to ensure it is right for my eyes makes great sense. Now I’ve found we can do just that with a nifty tool called the ClearType Text Tuner.
You’ll find it in the Control Panel or by typing cttune.exe from the command line, at the bottom of the screen when you click on the colourful Windows icon on the bottom left of your screen.
When it is running, you are asked to choose from a range...
...of boxes which all display type slightly differently. Selecting the boxes which look clearest to you enables W7 to customise the display for your personal use.
Windows 7 offers a colour calibration tool too, again reached from either the Control Panel or from the command line, this time by typing dccw.exe. So you can easily adjust the brightness, contrast, and colour settings on your monitor or monitors to achieve the best display.
6. Getting techie help faster with the Problem Steps Recorder
I’m all for time saving improvements. When things go wrong for me, I’m usually chasing an important deadline of course. We all experience these maddening times when either our computer hardware or software doesn’t seem to be working as we expect and production comes to a halt. Although things can go wrong with the hardware etc, simple user error is the common cause; some small piece of understanding missing from our personal IT armoury. Fortunately, most of us have a techie friends or contractors we rely on when things go wrong. The only problem is, describing exactly what it is we are doing to arrive at the point of frustration can be a challenge.
With Windows 7 this... continued on page four >