Did you know that staring at an unnaturally blue screen at night can make it difficult for you to sleep? This includes both smartphone screens and computer screens. Some smartphones have a way to switch to warmer colors at night. Now, Windows can do that too. Windows 10 Creators Update added two display settings to make working on your computer a more pleasant experience. Here they are:
USE THE NIGHT LIGHT AT NIGHT
Windows 10 Creator Update added a setting to lower the blue light of your PC. To do this, go to Settings > System > Display, or right-click on your desktop and select Display Settings. Then click on Night Light Settings. You can use a slider to choose how warm you want your display’s color temperature to be at night. You can also schedule when you want the night-light mode to come on.
FIX OLD APPS WITH HIGH DPI SCALING
You might upgrade your display to 4K, only to discover that some apps look blurry. Creator Update adds a way to override DPI settings so individual apps can scale properly on high-resolution displays. To do this, right-click on the app, then click on Properties. Click on the Compatibility tab then check the box for Override high DPI scaling behavior. Then after that, chose System (Enhanced) from the pull-down menu.
SCALE THE SIZE OF TEXT, ICONS AND APPS
If you find it difficult to read text or recognize icons because your screen display makes everything small, check out Windows 10’s scaling options. On the Display settings screen, you will find an option for Scale and Layout. Windows will usually recommend a percentage, but you can choose the setting you prefer.
USE YOUR DISPLAY’S NATIVE RESOLUTION
The recommended resolution for your computer is the native resolution. You should stick to it as much as possible. If you select a lower resolution, your screen will look blurry. At its native resolution, each pixel on your LCD display is mapped directly to a pixel in the image sent by your computer’s graphics. This produces a sharp image.
DO A LITTLE COLOR CALIBRATION
Windows has a built-in color calibration tool in the Control Panel. Just search or color calibration and select Calibrate Color Display. Then go through a number of display tests to adjust brightness, gamma, contrast and color balance.
TUNE UP YOUR TEXT
At the completion of the color calibration tool, there’s an option to start ClearType Tuner. This shows you five examples of text, and you pick the one that looks best. This makes the text on your display look as sharp and easy to read as possible.