Often times, a software update can end up disrupting your display settings on a Windows 10 PC. The typical reaction would be to look for a reset display settings button. However, there is no button or keyboard shortcut to reset or revert to previous display settings in Windows 10. You will need to set each setting individually, as discussed in this article.
It is not always the software update that changes the display settings. Sometimes while playing with the settings, a child may have accidentally changed various display settings. It is not known which parameter was actually changed. Here we have explained how to change most display settings on Windows 10 computer to make it easier for you. These range from colors, text size, contrast, etc.
Note: Most of the following steps require that you open Windows 10 Settings. You can open it from the Start menu or from the Action Center. You can also use the Windows Key + I keyboard shortcut to open Settings.
How to restore the default Windows 10 theme
Many times, simply reverting to the default Windows 10 theme fixes all display issues. For that, proceed as following:
Step 1: Open the settings on your PC. Go to Personalization.
2nd step: Inside Personalization, go to Themes. Scroll down in Themes and click on the Windows 10 theme to apply it.
How to change the theme color
You should also try to change the theme color on your PC. You can choose between light and dark or use a combination of the two using a custom color setting.
To change Windows 10 colors, go to Settings> Personalization> Colors. From the Choose your color drop-down list, select Light or Dark. If you want to use a different color for the apps and the taskbar, select Custom. Also select the color blue under Choose your accent color if you want to use the default Windows 10 color.
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How to change the app and display size
How the content is presented to you depends on the display and scaling settings. If you see a large or small text layout than usual, you need to change the scaling settings.
For that, proceed as following:
Step 1: Open Settings and go to System.
2nd step: Under Display (in the left sidebar), select an appropriate scaling percentage under Scale and Layout. Try all the available options and see which one works for you. You should also experiment with the display resolution.
How to change the text size
Besides the above setting, you can change the text size elsewhere in Windows 10. Go to Settings> Ease of Access> Display. Adjust the slider under Enlarge text.
How to turn off high contrast mode
If you see distinct or dark colors on your Windows 10 PC, you may have accidentally turned on the high contrast setting. So you need to disable it, as shown below.
Step 1: Open the settings on your computer and go to Ease of access.
2nd step: Click High Contrast. Turn off the toggle next to “Enable high contrast”.
Point: Find out 9 ways to fix the inverted colors problem in Windows 10.
How to turn off custom scaling
If you use custom scaling settings on your Windows 10 PC, some text, apps, or other items may appear irregular in size. You will need to turn off custom scaling, as shown below.
Step 1: Open Settings and go to System.
2nd step: Click Show in the sidebar. Then click Advanced Scaling Settings.
Step 3: Remove any number added in the Custom Scaling box and press Apply.
How to turn off the night light
If you see an orange or reddish tint on your screen, you can turn on the night light on your computer. You can turn it off in two ways.
First, open the action center from the taskbar. Click the Nightlight option to turn it off if it is enabled.
Otherwise, go to Settings> System> Display. Turn off the toggle next to Nightlight. Also click on the night light settings and turn off the programmed night light.
Point: Disable the color filters under Settings> Ease of access> Enable color filters.
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How to turn off tablet mode
When tablet mode is on, your computer is optimized for touch. So your apps will open in full screen mode, including a full screen Start menu. You will also notice changes in the taskbar and desktop icons. If this happens, you should turn off tablet mode.
To do this, open the Action Center and click on tablet mode to turn it off.
You can also go to Settings> System> Tablet. Click Change additional tablet settings.
Turn off the button next to tablet mode. Also check other settings related to tablet mode and see if they interfere with the display settings.
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How to turn off the magnifying glass
When the magnifying glass is enabled, you will see everything as zoomed on your computer. To turn it off, go to Settings> Ease of access> Magnifier. Turn off the toggle next to Enable Magnifier.
Last updated Jan 19, 2021
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