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    I don’t spend much time on the computer. But even the short time that is spent causes some eye challenges. I sometimes even resort to squinting. Is there anything to do about it?

    Also, how do people who work in front of a computer a whole day deal with constantly looking at a screen?


    sometimes making the font on the computer bigger or enlarging videos will help


    eye strain is becoming less of a problem. ever since the transition from CRT to LCD screens the strain on the eyes has been drastically lowered. if you find yourself feeling strained…lower the contrast and brightness on your screen, and increase the font size.


    Thanks. I am very undereducated technologically–how do you change the font size? If more than one person uses the computer will it stay that large for them as well?


    If you find yourself constantly squinting, you should change the screen resolution to lower numbers. Changing the font size is application specific, so you’d have to do it to every application (Word, Excel, IE etc.) and it only changes the letter size. Screen resolution takes care of everything. The only downside is that you can fit less items on the screen.



    what operating system are you using? i can post specific info here if i know the operating system (ie: XP…vista…windows 7…)


    Quite honestly I really don’t know that much about the computer—windows xp sounds right though. I mainly use it for emails, YWN, and Word. That’s about it.

    Thanks everyone for your help.


    ok. to lower the resolution right click on an empty part of your desktop and click properties. then click on the settings tab on the top of the window that opens. on the bottom left is a little box with a slider in it…the box is marked “screen resolution” to lower the resolution of the screen slide the slider to the left…to raise it…slide it to the right. lowering the resolution will make everything bigger…but it may cause you to lose focus on the screen, and you will see less on the screen.

    there is another option.

    you can make the letters bigger in windows follow the same instructions above…except go to the “appearance” tab. on the bottom of that window is a drop down menu marked “font size” use that menu to adjust the font size.

    to increase the font size in your internet browser press holt “ctrl” and tap the “=/+” key to make the fonts bigger. to make them smaler hold “ctrl” and tap the “-” key. i hope this helps.

    also if youre using a CRT…one of those old screens…you should think about getting a screen shade which filters out the “radiation” from the screen (which for all you people out there…is only a problem with crt)


    WOW! Thanks bombmaniac for your help. I think maybe a screen name like techsavvy would fit well too.


    no problem anyone can post their computer problems up here and ill try to help them as best i can


    I program computers for a living so I often spend 10+ hours a day in front of my computer, so this is something I have thought about a lot, a few tips:

    1) Have your eyes checked, glasses can help. I only wear glasses for computer use but without them I have headaches in 20 minutes.

    2) Lighting, if the room is too dark or too bright it can hurt your eyes.

    3) Adjust the setting on your monitors, though with flat screens the highest resolution will give you the best quality. However you can also adjust contrast and brightness as well as color tone.

    Also take a break every 20 minutes or so, even if only to go get a glass of water or the like.

    I hope this is helpful.


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