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Eye Friendly Appearance in Windows XP

Friday, July 14th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement

Eye Friendly Appearance in Windows XP

Do you have eye sight problems and is it sometimes hard for you to see certain things when you’re using your computer? Well, as a user with glasses, it has always been difficult for me to use Windows XP, because the default settings are all very small. I have tried to enlarge some of them, but they still looked small and caused my eyes major strain. If you have the same problems, keep reading! I may be able to give you some hints as to what you can do to give your eyes some comfort!

This method is a one time setting change only. In the future, whenever you start your Windows XP, its appearance will be “eye friendly” and you won’t have to deal with the eye straining formats any longer.

Here’s how you do it:

Changing to the Classic Start Menu

1. Right click over the Start button and choose Properties.

2. Under the Start Menu tab, select the Classic Start menu option.

3. Click OK.

Changing Appearance of Windows XP to Windows Classic

1. Find an empty space on your Desktop (not on the shortcuts) and right click and choose Properties.

2. In the Display Properties window, go to the Themes tab and choose Windows Classic from the theme list.

Next, go to the Appearance tab and click the Advanced button.

3. In the Advance Appearance window, click over the text of Active Window.

  • Active Title Bar: Size – change to 21
  • Color 1 and Color 2: Choose the colors that shade your eyes, not any that cause a glare.
  • Font type: Select Tahoma (it’s easy to read). Size – select 12 (if it’s still small for you, just enlarge it and vice versa). Color – choose black.

Then, click over the text of Normal.

  • Menu: Size – change to 21. Color 1 – choose gray.
  • Font type: Select Arial (it’s easy to be read too). Size – select 12. Color – choose black.

Next, click over the text of Message Text.

  • Change the size of the menu to 21.
  • Font: Arial. Size – 12.

Finally, click over the text of Windows Text.

  • Color 1: Click Other. For background color, I prefer the light yellow to shade my eyes, but choose what is best for you.
  • Basic colors: Choose yellow to decrease the darkness. Do you see the left arrow on the right side? (See the following screenshot if you haven’t found it yet). Go ahead and click up on the arrow. Keep going up until there is no glare left for you. If you prefer more darkness, click lower and lower.

Once you’re done, return to the Themes tab, click the Save As button and then click the Save button.

Then please wait while Windows changes the settings you have chosen.

Now, the first problem is solved. Restart your computer and your eyes will experience a whole new computer! Make sure you keep tuning into this week’s newsletter for more information about eye appearances and also some help with less mouse usage!

~ Sujanti Djuanda

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