Tip of the Day: the Size of Things on Your Display

How Can I Make the Text on My Screen Larger?

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I am “old” <grin> … so I need to use a magnifying glass to read a lot of the screen words. I suppose that they are in a six or eight-point font. Can I make the screen text larger? Say to a 10- or 12-point font?

I know how you feel. My eyes aren’t all they used to be either.

The good news is, it’s actually easy to make the fonts bigger, though the setting is often well hidden.

The bad news is, it’s also easy to do the wrong thing and end up with something that seems better, but isn’t.

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How Do I Print Pictures from Websites So They Look Good?

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I would like to know the simplest way to print a small to medium image from a web page and have it print out as a crisp picture to fit an 8-1/2″ by 11″ sheet.

This is a simple question that turns out to have both a very simple and a fairly complex answer.

The simple answer: you can’t. Not most of the time, and not with what you’re asking for.

The complex answer, of course, is: it depends.

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How Do Pixels and DPI and Resolution and Picture Size and File Size All Relate?

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Please explain the relationship between bytes (resolution), pixels (understood as size), and dpi (e.g. 300 dpi resolution for printing purposes). I need to explain to colleagues at work why their reports uploaded to our website take so long to download – because they are too big and contain many high res photographs and pdfs!

It can be very confusing.

Understanding some of the details about how photographs are stored on disk, how they are displayed, and how they are printed, can allow you to make a dramatic difference in the size of documents, web pages, emails, and more.

The details aren’t horrific but they can be a little confusing if a couple of fundamentals are skipped, especially because there are two different types of “size.”

So, I’ll start with the fundamentals.

It all starts with pixels.

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Footnotes & references

1: This is not an actual lossy compression algorithm; merely an example of the types of things that might happen when lossy compression is used in order to make the concept understandable.

Our “model” for the example photos above: the lovely (and sleepy) Corgi “Penny”, photographed by Leo Notenboom.