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Changing Display Settings, Background Image, Icons, and Screen Saver (Windows Vista)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq Desktop computers with Windows Vista.
Changing the appearance of how Windows and its components are viewed from a display device.

Changing the amount of colors and resolution (size of Desktop)

You can adjust the size and the shape of the Desktop to fit your personal preferences. During a normal Windows Vista installation, the program tests the graphics card and displays the optimal size and resolution.
To change the display settings, follow the procedure below:
  1. Right-click the Desktop background, and click Personalize.
  2. Click Display Settings to open the Display Settings window.
    Figure 1: Windows Vista Display Settings
    Windows Vista Display Settings
  3. On the Monitor tab, click the image of the monitor that you want to adjust. If you have only one monitor attached, click the rectangle for monitor 1. If you want to adjust a second display device connected to the computer, click monitor 2.
  4. To change the screen size for the selected monitor, drag the slider under Resolution. Drag the slider to the left to decrease the screen area, making icons and text appear larger, or drag the slider to the right to increase the screen size area, making icons and text appear smaller.
  5. To change the number of colors, select a color setting from the Colors list. For the best compatibility, select Highest 32-bit if it is available. You can however select lower settings if colors are incorrect when using a particular software application.
  6. Click OK.
    A confirmation window opens.
  7. Click Yes to save the settings, or No to cancel the change.

Changing the Desktop background

To change the pattern or wallpaper on the screen, follow these steps:
NOTE:If, after performing these steps, you cannot change the background from a solid color, see the HP support document Unable to Change Windows Desktop Background .
  1. Right-click the Desktop background, and click Personalize.
  2. Select Desktop Background to open the settings window.
    Figure 2: Windows Vista background selection
    Windows Vista background selection
  3. To change the Desktop image, select one of the standard backgrounds, or click Browse and navigate to a picture stored on the computer. To use a personal picture as a background, save the picture in a file format with one of the following extensions: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .DIB, .png.
  4. Select an icon under "How should the picture be positioned?":
    • Enlarge the graphic to fit the entire screen if necessary.
    • Tile copies of the same image at the native size so that they fill the entire background.
    • Center the graphic in the middle of the screen and use a solid color to fill in the remaining space at the edges of the background.
    After making the adjustments, click OK to save the settings and close the Display Properties window.

Adjusting Desktop icons

To adjust or add new Desktop icons, use the following information:
Display Desktop icons: If all Desktop icons are missing, right-click an open area of the Windows Desktop, click View, and make sure Show Desktop Icons is selected.
Figure 3: Show Desktop Icons
Show Desktop Icons
Create a new shortcut: To create a new shortcut icon on the Window Desktop, right-click an open area of the Desktop wallpaper, click New, and then click Shortcut. Follow the instructions on the screen to create the shortcut.
Create a new folder: To create a new folder icon on the Window Desktop, right-click an open area of the Desktop wallpaper, click New, and then click Folder.
Change the folder name: To change the folder name, right-click the icon, and click Rename. Type the new name and press Enter.
Adjust the icon size: To adjust the size of the icons, right-click an open area of the Windows Desktop and click View. Then click Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Classic Icons.
NOTE: You can quickly adjust the size of all icons by clicking the Desktop and pressing and holding the CTRL key and using the scroll wheel on the mouse.
To adjust the size and font of the icon text, use the next section: Changing the appearance of windows and text .

Changing the appearance of windows and text

Appearance refers to the colors that Windows uses for the default text color, text background color, window border color, title bar color, and many other elements. To change the appearance of your screen, follow these steps:
NOTE:There is no easy way to adjust the size of all fonts without affecting the entire screen size. You can adjust the size of all fonts by selecting Adjust font size (DPI) from Control Panel, but doing so will affect the size of all objects in Windows. Adjusting the font size should be done in the software you use or from the steps that follow for Windows features. For example, if you want to adjust the font size in Web pages viewed from Internet Explorer, click Page from the tool bar and then click Text Size. If you want to change the text size in all Windows menus, use the following steps to change the font size used for the Menu item.
  1. Right-click the Desktop background, and click Personalize.
  2. If a "Window Color and Appearance" window opens, click Open classic appearance properties for more color options.
    The Appearance Settings window opens.
    Figure 4: Appearance Settings window
    Appearance Settings  window
  3. Select a color scheme from the list. Use the preview window to help you make your selection. If the preview is not exactly what you want, select the closest match. You can modify the look of Windows in further detail in the next steps.
  4. Click Advanced. The Advanced Appearance window opens.
    Figure 5: Advanced Appearance window showing icon font size settings
    Advanced Appearance window showing icon font size settings
  5. In the Item list, click the element to be changed, such as Window, Menu, or Scrollbar, and then adjust the appropriate settings, such as Color, Font, or Size. Changes affect the item chosen. For example, if you change the font while Menu is selected, the selected font will change for all Windows menus, but not in other items, such as icon labels or message boxes.
  6. Click OK to close the Advanced Appearance window, and then click OK to save your changes.

Advanced display settings

Right-click the Desktop background, click Personalize, click the Settings tab, and then click the Advanced Settings button. A properties window displays titled with the name of the graphics hardware. See the various settings that are available from the tabs across the top of the Properties window.
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.


Properties: To access the hardware properties for your video card or on-board video hardware, click the Properties button. This is the same properties window that can be accessed through Device Manager.
List all Modes: This useful feature 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.
Figure 6: Adapter tab
Adapter tab


Properties: To access the hardware properties for your monitor, click the Properties button. This is the same properties window that can be accessed through Device Manager.
Screen refresh rate: This setting determines how many times the monitor displays an entire screen in one second. Higher refresh rates may 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 may permanently damage some monitors.
Figure 7: Monitor tab
Monitor tab


Change Settings: the video hardware in the computer might contain options that you can use to overcome specific graphics issues. In most cases, the video driver will add more tabs to the Advance Display Properties window, but some video hardware drivers might allow you to access their settings from this button.
Figure 8: Troubleshoot tab
Troubleshoot tab

Color Management

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 out put for everything displayed in Windows and should be done only if needed.
Figure 9: Color Management tab
Color Management tab

Changing the screen saver

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 the Desktop background, and click Personalize.
  2. Select Screen Saver to open the settings window.
    Figure 10: Screen Saver Settings window
    Screen Saver Settings window
  3. Select the screen saver to be used from the menu.
  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 will appear on the computer screen. Move the mouse to return to the Display Properties panel when finished.
  6. Enter 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.
If the screen saver does not open after the time has elapsed, certain device settings can prevent the screen saver from opening. Activity from devices such as a wireless mouse, network, or high definition audio can cause the computer to receive "wake up" calls that prevent the screen saver from opening.
Use the following steps to prevent these hardware devices from waking the computer:
  1. Click Start , and then right-click Computer.
  2. Click Properties, and then click Device Manager in the left pane of the window.
  3. Click the plus sign (+) next to the device you want to adjust.
    • If you are using an optical mouse, click Mice and other pointing devices.
    • If the computer is using an "always-on" connection, click Network Adapters.
    • To check the high definition audio, click Sound, video, and game controllers.
  4. Double-click the name of the device to open a Properties window.
  5. Click the Power Management tab, and remove the selection from Allow this device to wake the computer.
    Figure 11: Power management tab for a mouse
    Power management tab for a mouse
    NOTE:If you prevent the mouse from being able to wake the computer, you can wake the computer using the Sleep button on the keyboard or from the power button on the front of the computer.
  6. Click OK, close the open windows, and restart the computer.
  7. Click Start , and click the Sleep/Standby button to see the problem still exists.
    If the problem still exists, continue to the next step.
  8. Disconnect all non-essential connected devices (printers, scanners, USB drives).
  9. 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 the you find the device that is causing the problem.
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