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HP PCs and Monitors - Changing the Visual Appearance of Windows 8

This document pertains to computers with Windows 8.
Use the sections in this document to change the way Windows 8 appears on your display screen or monitor. In Windows 8, there are two main full screen views that you will work and play from: the Windows Start screen and the Windows Desktop. The Windows desktop is an experience similar to previous version Windows and is where many software applications are used. The Start screen is an environment for apps, work and play and open anything quickly from this menu. With Window 8, you can change the appearance of the Windows desktop and the Start screen to suit your style.
Figure : Windows 8 Start screen
 Graphic of Windows Start screen
 note:
If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, some graphics and information in this document may vary. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
Changing the size of the display in Windows 8
Windows, by default, sets the display size to the native resolution (the true resolution of an LCD monitor screen). Use these steps to change the display resolution or to return it to the native (default) resolution. IOn an LCD or LED monitor, items in Windows may appear slightly out of focus when using a display resolution that does not match the native resolution of your monitor.
Customizing your Windows 8 Start Screen
Customize the Windows 8 Start screen to suit your own personal style and needs.
Changing the Windows 8 Desktop
Use the following steps to personalize your Windows Desktop experience.
Adjusting the brightness of the screen in Windows 8
To adjust the screen brightness from the settings in the Charms menu, follow these instructions.
  1. On the Start screen move the cursor to the upper right corner to open the Charms menu.
  2. Click Settings.
    Figure : Charms menu
    The Charms menu with Settings selected
  3. Click Brightness. If brightness is unavailable, see the instructions to adjust the brightness from HP My Display.
    Figure : Settings
    Windows 8 settings with Brightness selected
  4. Click the slider and drag it up or down to adjust the brightness of the screen.
    Figure : Brightness control bar
    Brightness control bar
If the brightness feature is not available in Settings, use HP My Display to adjust the brightness.
After clicking Settings in the Charms menu, if it shows Brightness as Unavailable, continue with these instructions.
  1. From the Start screen, type HP My Display
  2. Click HP My Display.
    Figure : HP My Display
    Search with HP My Display selected
  3. Click Adjust.
    Figure : HP My Display Mode screen
    Mode screen with Adjust selected
  4. To adjust the brightness of the screen, click and drag the slider to the desired brightness.
    Figure : Adjust screen
    Adjust window with the Brightness button selected
Advanced display settings in Windows 8
 note:
Your computer may 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.
Follow these steps to open the advanced display settings.
  1. Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, and then click Personalize.
  2. Click Display to open the Display window.
  3. Click Change display settings to open the Display Settings window.
    Figure : Change display settings
    Image of the screen resolution screen with Change display setting highlighted.
  4. Click Advanced settings.
    Figure : Display Settings
    Screen resolution window showing location of Advanced settings.
Using a screen saver in Windows 8
Windows is preloaded with a number of screen savers. Screen savers help prevent stationary images from burning a ghost image into the phosphors of CRT monitors. They are also used to show entertainment when the computer is not being used. To change the screen saver, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, and then click Personalize.
  2. Click Screen Saver.
    Figure : Personalization window
    Personalization window showing location of Screen Saver
  3. Select the screen saver to be used from the menu.
    Figure : Screen Saver Settings
    Image of the Screen Saver Settings.
  4. Click Settings to open a setting window for the selected screen saver (if settings are available).
  5. Click Preview to see how the screen saver appears on the computer screen. Move the mouse to return to the Display Properties panel when finished previewing the screen saver.
  6. 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 that the number of minutes for the screen saver is less than the number of minutes that it takes for the monitor to enter a sleep state.
  7. Select On resume, display logon screen if you want the logon screen to open when anyone attempts to use the computer after the screen saver opens.
  8. Click OK to save the settings and close the Display Properties window.

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