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How to Calibrate A Monitor

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Updated June 27, 2022

Key Takeaways:

  • Proper calibration of your display increases productivity
  • In Windows 10, most displays allow for plenty of calibration options
  • Calibration is an important factor in reducing eye strain

Regardless of what kind of display you’re using and the graphics processing power available to you, proper calibration of your monitor or display is absolutely essential for getting the most out of your user experience both in terms of productivity and healthy, strain-free long-term use. This also includes changing the screen orientation, based on your level of comfort and need. Below, we break down how to calibrate your modern display regardless of your setup.

Calibrating Your Monitor in Windows 10

Here are the steps to get your monitor calibrated for Windows 10 users.

To calibrate your monitor in Windows 10:

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open Settings
  2. Click on “Display,” then click “Advanced Display”
  3. Check that you’re using the recommended screen resolution before continuing
  4. Click “Color calibration” to run the calibration utility and then click “Next”

Now you’ll be walked through the steps for using your monitor’s control panel in conjunction with the Windows utility. Press “next” to begin.

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Steps for the Windows Utility:

  1. Adjust gamma by moving the sliders until the displayed dots are barely visible, then press next
  2. Access the brightness controls on your display and change the value based on the image the Windows utility shows you and its specific instructions, then click Next
  3. Access the contrast controls on your display and change the value based on the image the Windows utility shows you and its specific instructions, then click Next
  4. Adjust color balance using the displayed red, blue, and green sliders until any color cast from the gray bars is cleared. Click Next.
  5. Compare the changes you’ve made by clicking the Previous or Current calibration buttons. If you’re satisfied with your changes, click Finish (or Cancel, if you wish to start again.)

During the last step, notice that you’ll be given the option to open the ClearType Tuner utility if you want to make adjustments to how your text is displayed. It’s not necessary if you’re fine with your text appearance, but it’s a good option to be aware of.

Although, when the text and fonts of your display are too small, it may be time to buy a new display. To learn more, check out our resource article about how to buy a computer monitor.

Also, keep in mind that any changes you made on the display settings or controls will remain even if you choose to cancel the changes you’ve made via Windows’ calibration utility. Reverting to the factory display settings is as simple as choosing the “default” settings on your monitor’s control panel, and it’s probably a good idea to do so if you’re going to take another pass in the Windows utility.

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Native color accuracy can vary significantly in different display models at all price points

Photographers are recommended to not use native or built-in color calibration tools for the best level of accuracy



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