I have recently got an Intel UltraBook, but its screen size is 13.3" and the native resolution is 1600×900.

So the problem is that the letters on screen are very small. Reducing resolution blurs the display and making everything bigger also doesn't feel very good.

Us there a way to get around this problem without changing hardware?

I'd even be okay with this high resolution, but I am concerned about the harmful effects it might have on my eyes in long term.

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    Which version of windows are you running? There is a way to change global text sizes, but it's different in 8 than it was in 7.... Ill post an answer when you reply. – Jared Tritsch Nov 22 '12 at 9:18

You can increase the text size setting in Windows which will affect all text across dialogs, icons, applications (if they follow MS standards) etc.

In Windows 7 and Windows 8:

  1. Right click on your desktop and select Screen Resolution
  2. Click the Make text and other items larger or small link at the bottom
  3. Click the Medium - 125% radio button
  4. Click Apply

If this is still too small, try Larger - 150%

You can also set a specific DPI instead of one of the three presets.

  • In Windows 7, click the Set custom test size (DPI) link in the left hand menu
  • In Windows 8, click the Custim sizing options link under the presets list

Then drag the ruler left and right to adjust the size

Additionally, in Windows 8 you have more granular control over specific parts of windows via the Change the text size only options


should not harm your eyes, only tiring, what about reading glasses

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    Could you please expand your answer a little? Do you have proper resources to backup your claim that it's not harmful? – slhck Nov 22 '12 at 13:57
  • it's in german, sorry I don't know interational researches about this. ergo-online.de/html/gesundheitsvorsorge/… – bummi Nov 22 '12 at 23:02

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