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Chapter 19. Managing Hardware > Changing Monitor Display Settings

Changing Monitor Display Settings

Your monitor is the main interface between you and your computer. A monitor displays all your programs and mouse movements. Without a monitor, you would in fact be attempting to operate your computer with your eyes closed. Apple, in a effort to give you the best possible view of it's wonderful operating system interface, gives you the ability to modify how your monitor displays data, through options located in System Preferences.

Change Monitor Display Settings

Click the Apple menu, and then click System Preferences.

Click the Displays icon.

Click the Display tab.

Select from the following options:

  • Resolutions. Select a display resolution from the options.

  • Colors. Click the pop-up, and then select the number of colors to display.

  • Refresh Rate. Click the pop-up to set a refresh rate.

  • Detect Displays. Searches for any additional displays attached to the computer.

  • Show Displays In Menu Bar. Check to display the Displays icon on the Apple menu bar.

  • Number Of Recent Modes. Click the pop-up, and then select how many recent modes to display.

  • Brightness. Changes the bright-ness of the monitor (a PowerBook feature).

  • Automatically Adjust Brightness As Ambient Light Changes. Automatically adjusts the brightness of the monitor to compensate for external lights (a PowerBook feature).

Click the Color tab.

Select from the following color options:

  • Display Profile. Scroll through the list to select a color display profile for the monitor.

  • Show Profiles For This Display Only. Check to display profiles for the current monitor.

  • Calibrate. Click Calibrate to manually calibrate the color of the monitor.

Click the Close button.



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