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HP PCs and Monitors - Changing Display Settings, Background Image, Icons, and Screen Saver (Windows 10, 7)

This document pertains to computers with HP Windows 10 or Windows 7.
Use the sections in this document to change the appearance of Windows.
Changing the size of text, windows, and screen resolution
You can modify the size of text and windows of the desktop to fit your personal preferences. You can also adjust the screen resolution, if necessary. During a normal Windows installation, the program tests the graphics card and displays the optimal size and resolution for that card.
To change the display settings, follow these steps:
Changing the desktop background
To change the pattern or image on the Windows desktop, follow these steps:
Adjusting desktop icons
To adjust or add new desktop icons, use the following information:
Creating a new shortcut
Right-click an open area of the desktop, select New, then select Shortcut. Follow the on-screen instructions to create the shortcut.
Figure : New Shortcut
New Shortcut
Creating a new folder
Right-click an open area of the Windows desktop, select New, then select Folder.
Type a name for the folder, then press Enter.
Figure : New Folder
New Folder
Renaming a desktop icon
Right-click the desktop icon, then select Rename.
Type the new name, then press Enter.
Figure : Rename
Right-click an icon, then select Rename.
Adjusting the size of desktop icons
Right-click an open area of the desktop, select View, then click Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Small Icons.
Figure : Adjust icon size
Adjust icon size
 note:
To quickly adjust the size of all icons at once, click an open area of the desktop, then press and hold the CTRL key and use the scroll wheel on the mouse.
Changing the appearance of windows and text
You can personalize the appearance of Windows by choosing text colors, text background, window border, and many other elements. You can also choose the font and size of text for different Windows features, such as menu items.
Advanced display settings
Follow these steps to open advanced display settings.
  1. In Windows 10: Right-click the desktop background, and select Display settings.
    Click Advanced display settings, then select Display adapter properties.
    In Windows 7: Search for and open Adjust screen resolution, then click Advanced settings.
    Figure : Advanced display settings
    Advanced display settings
  2. Click a tab to adjust the corresponding settings.
     note:
    Your computer might have more tabs than those listed here. Many video card manufacturers provide settings designed for their video hardware. These extra settings vary by the type of video hardware used and are not discussed here.
    • Adapter:
      • Properties: Click the Properties button to access the hardware properties for your video card or on-board video hardware. This properties window can also be accessed through Device Manager.
      • List all Modes: Lists all the supported graphic resolutions and refresh rates that can be sent to the monitor by the video card or on-board video hardware. You can use the list of valid modes to find a mode that is compatible with the monitor you are using. After finding a compatible mode, you can change the refresh rate from the Monitor tab, and the display resolution from the Settings tab of the basic display properties window.
    • Monitor:
      • Properties: Click the Properties button to access the hardware properties for your monitor. This properties window can also be accessed through Device Manager.
      • Screen refresh rate: Determines how many times the monitor displays an entire screen in one second. Higher refresh rates might be more pleasing to the eye, but cause the video hardware to work harder and use more resources. Select a lower rate that is compatible with the adapter. If you can detect minute flickering or the change bothers your eyes, try adjusting the rate to the next available higher rate. Never exceed the rate available to the monitor.
         caution:
        Do not remove the selection next to Hide modes that this monitor cannot display. Changing the refresh rate to a rate that the monitor cannot accept might permanently damage some monitors.
      • Colors: (Windows 7 only) To change the number of colors, select a color setting from the Colors list. For the best compatibility, select True Color 32-bit if it is available. Select lower settings if colors are incorrect when using a particular software application.
    • Color Management: The Color Management tab provides settings to change the color output to the monitor. Typically, you would not use Color Management unless a special situation called for it, such as matching the colors on the monitor to the colors on a printer. Adjusting this setting changes the color output for everything displayed in Windows and should be done only if needed.
  3. Click OK to save your changes and close the window.
Changing the screen saver
Windows is preloaded with a number of screen savers. To change the screen saver, follow these steps:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Change screen saver.
  2. Select the screen saver to be used from the menu.
    Figure : Screen Saver Settings
    Screen Saver Settings
  3. Click Settings to open a settings window for the selected screen saver (if settings are available).
  4. Click Preview to see how the screen saver displays on the computer screen. Move the mouse to return to the Display Properties panel when finished previewing the screen saver.
  5. Select the number of minutes in the Wait field. This is the number of minutes of inactivity that needs to pass before the screen saver opens.
     note:
    Make sure the Wait time for the screen saver is lower than the number of minutes before the computer enters a sleep state.
  6. Select On resume, display logon screen if you want the computer to require login credentials when the session is resumed.
  7. Click OK to save the settings and close the Display Properties window.
Troubleshooting the screen saver
If the screen saver does not open after the selected time has elapsed, the issue might be due to activity from certain hardware devices.
Use the following steps to prevent these hardware devices interfering with the screen saver:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Device Manager.
  2. Double-click the device type that might be interfering with the screen saver, then double-click the device name to open the Properties window.
    Some devices that commonly interfere with a screen saver are an optical mouse (mice and other pointing devices), "Always-on" Internet connection (Network Adapters), and High definition audio (sound, video, and game controllers).
  3. Click the Power Management tab, and remove the selection from Allow this device to wake the computer.
    Figure : Power management tab for a mouse
    Power management tab for a mouse
     note:
    If you prevent the mouse from being able to wake the computer, you can wake the computer using the spacebar on the keyboard.
  4. Click OK, close any open windows, then restart the computer.
    If the problem still exists, continue to the next step.
  5. Disconnect all non-essential connected devices (printers, scanners, USB drives).
  6. Restart the computer with only the original mouse, monitor, and keyboard connected.
    If this resolves the sleep/standby problem, one of the connected devices was causing the problem. Replace one device and test to see if the problem occurs again. Continue adding devices and testing until you find the device that is causing the problem.

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