Minimizing mystery/quick launch

By StuCazz ยท 31 replies
Jul 16, 2008
  1. StuCazz

    StuCazz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Just wanted to say, thanks all of you for your suggestions. I believe it worked, nothing out of the ordinary happened.


  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Stu I might have missed it- but IF you're on a laptop, look for the Fn key. Holding that key down with the up or down arrow will adjust the lighting on the monitor.

    I'm on a Dell laptop and the Fn key is lower left, up and down arrows are lower right.
  3. StuCazz

    StuCazz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    No I'm on a desktop, but ty.

  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Don't know which version of Office you are running but here are a few things I know to adjust your settings in Word and Excel.

    1. In Word you can set the default document to display in a blue background with white text
    Tools -> Options. Click General tab. Check the box Blue background, white text

    2. In Excel, you can change the standard font size. Tools -> Options. Click General tab. You can change both the standard font and font size in there

    3. In both Word and Excel, you should have a zoom level in the Standard toolbar so you can also just change the "magnification". It's probably at 100% (or are you not getting a zoom level in the toolbar?)

    4. In Excel you can easily change the background color by clicking in the white square in upper left corner (Above Row #1 and left column A). This will select the entire worksheet. Then you can select a different fill color by clicking on the "paint bucket" icon you should see in the Formatting toolbar.
  5. StuCazz

    StuCazz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Office 2007 I got awhile back and couldn't find anything like that. I used 2003 and I remember doing exactly what you said. Now the GUI is not disabled/vision impaired friendly.

    Thank you
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Windows XP has some Accessibility options that might be of help:

    All Programs> Accessories> Accessibility> > you will find the following features:
    On Screen Keyboard
    Utility Manager
    Accessibility Wizard

    You will find a description of each here: Windows XP Accessibility Resources:

    Check them out and see if any will assist in making you computer experience more enjoyable. One will help in adjusting the contrast on the screen for easier viewing.
  7. StuCazz

    StuCazz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    I guess I knew about those options, but I surely think I should. I know I can change the screen resolution to enlarge objects, I was told I should use the best resolution my monitor is capable of, in my case 1680X1050. Is that infact true?

    Thank you for that info, especially the link that explains each option

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