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

This document is for HP computers with Windows 10 or Windows 7.
Learn how to change icon size, screen saver, desktop background, text size, and other desktop or display settings in Windows 10 and Windows 7.

Changing the size of text, display brightness, and screen resolution

You can modify the size of text and windows on 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.

Changing the desktop background

Personalize the pattern or image on the Windows desktop.

Adjusting the desktop icons

Change settings to adjust the appearance of icons, display missing desktop icons, and add new folders or shortcuts to the desktop.

Changing the appearance of windows and text for Windows features

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.

Additional display settings

Open the display adapter properties or advanced display settings to view the modes, set the refresh rate, or manage the color and other advanced settings.
  1. To open the advanced display settings or display adapter properties, select your operating system:
    • Windows 10: Search for and open Display settings. You can also right-click the desktop and open Display settings. Scroll down and click Advanced display settings. In the Display adapter properties, click Display adapter properties.
      Opening the Display adapter properties
    • In Windows 7: Search for and open Adjust screen resolution, then click Advanced 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 that you can choose from.

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 Device Manager settings to prevent these hardware devices from 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, then remove the selection from Allow this device to wake the computer.
    note:
    If you prevent the mouse from waking the computer, you can wake the computer using the spacebar on the keyboard.
    Power management tab for a mouse
  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 such as printers, scanners, and 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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