Setup Windows and Internet Explorer
For Best Viewing Of This and Other Sites
by John S. Krill
Just The Facts And Nothing
But The Facts
Youve just bought a new computer,
with a 15" monitor, connected to the Internet, and there
seems to be very little space for viewing Web pages. You think
you should have purchased a 17" monitor.
Im here to tell you that you can
get a whole bunch of added space on that 15" monitor without
spending a dime. We will first fix Windows and then make some
changes to Internet Explorer. And finally if you have the desire
we will look at some advanced methods to get more space on that
At the bottom of your monitor screen Microsoft
but a thing called the Taskbar. Thats the thing that
has the Start button. Currently it is probably always there
and always viewable. We are going to make it disappear until you
Go to the Start button menu
and select Settings. Then select Taskbar and
Start Menu. A new pane will appear on the screen titled:
Taskbar Properties (figure
2.) There are four check boxes. The first two: Always
On Top and Auto Hide should be checked.
If they are not then put your mouse pointer in each check box
and click your mouse. Now move your mouse pointer to the Apply
button and click your mouse button. You should see the Taskbar
disappear. Now click the OK button.
To get the Taskbar back just
move your mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen and the Taskbar
will appear. Even if you have Internet Explorer or another application
at Full Screen when you move the mouse pointer to
the bottom of the screen you will have the Taskbar
appear. Now the Taskbar appears only
when you need it.
You can also get to the Taskbar Properties
pane by putting your mouse pointer somewhere on an empty
area of the Taskbar. Now press that button on the mouse
that you have never used before. It will be the right
button if you are right handed, the default, and the left
button if you are left handed. There should be a pop-up menu on
the screen. The bottom of the menu is the command Properties
1.) Put your mouse pointer over the Properties
command and click once.
Note: You can move the Taskbar
to any side (top, bottom, left, right) of the screen by putting
your mouse pointer on the Taskbar and holding
the mouse clicker down and dragging the Taskbar
to the desired side. I always have my Taskbar at the top of the
monitor screen though in this position it can get in the way of
an applications menu bar when the application is full
Fix Internet Explorer
Improving the viewable space with Internet
Explorer involves modifying all the Toolbars. First
we will eliminate the text from the Toolbar buttons.
We will also reduce the size of the Toolbar buttons.
And finally we will rearrange and add/remove Toolbars.
Eliminate text from Toolbars:
From the Menubar select View. From
the View menu select Toolbars. From
the Toolbars menu select Customize. From
the customize Toolbar pane (figure
3) change the item Text Options to
No Text Labels. Click the Close button.
To change to size of the Toolbar
buttons go to the same Customize Toolbars
pane as above and change the item Icon Options to
Small Icons. Click the close button.
Eliminating the text and reducing the size
of icons will greatly increase the amount of viewable space in
Internet Explorer. The last change to be made is arranging the
Toolbars to further increase viewable space. By
dragging a Toolbar with your mouse you can put Toolbars
side by side. You can even put Toolbars up on the
Menubar. I have been able to put the Links
Toolbar up on the Menubar and put the Address
ToolBar and the Standard Buttons Toolbar
next to each other.
One last suggestion is the removable of
some or all the Internet Explorer Toolbars. They
are not required and from the View >> Toolbars
menu you can remove or add Toolbars.
A More Readable Font
Using Internet Explorer
While you have increased the amount of
data that can be viewed on your screen you have also decrease
the size of the font, or text characters. To use a more readable
font you can go to the Tools menu and select Internet
Options. Now press the Fonts button. In
the list box for Web page fonts you can choose a font that will
be used if no font is selected for a web page (figure
4.) We use Verdana.
It also has another use. You can
force Internet Explorer to use this font at all times. To do this
you need to again go to the Tools menu and select
Internet Options and press the Accessibility
button. Your choices are at the top (figure
5.) You can: Ignore colores specified by a web pages.
Ignore font styles specified by a web page. Ignore font sizes
specified by web pages.
We always have Ignore font styles
specified by web pages checked. Now all web pages use
the font that we previously selected. For us it makes web pages
much easier to read. Try it at one of the news sites that use
Change the size of the font. From
the View menu select Text Size and
then either increase or decrease the characters on all web pages.
20 Percent Increase
In Floor Space
You probably can get 20% to 25% increase
in Screen space by trying some or all of the above techniques.
Take your time and try one at a time. You may find that reducing
the size of Icons or removing the text from Internet Explorer
Toolbars makes them difficult to use.
Sellers of computers generally set the
default screen resolution to 800X600 pixels. You can increase
this to 1024x768 pixels or greater depending on the monitor and
the graphics card installed in your computer. You cant damage
anything. Windows will not allow you to go beyond the capabilities
of the monitor and the graphics card.
There are recommended resolutions for different
size monitors. Forget those numbers. You should set your monitor
to a resolution that is good for you. You may find that the higher
resolutions are to hard on your eyes. Experiment.
Note: There is an another number
that works side-by-side with resolution - that is the color depth.
This is because the higher the color depth the more graphics memory
is used. And the higher the screen resolution the more graphics
memory is used. This means in some cases you cant use the
highest color depth with the highest screen resolution because
you do not have enough graphics memory. Again Windows will not
let you make errors when setting your resolution. If your primary
use for the computer is the Internet and some productivity tools
then set the color depth to 16 bit color. If you play a lot of
games then you may need to use 24 bit color. Again, experiment.
Change Your Screen Resolution
To change your monitors resolution go to
the Taskbar >> Start Button
>> Settings >> Control Panel.
Double-click on Display. From the Display
Properties pane click on the Settings tab
at the top-left. At the bottom of this pane is a sliding bar for
adjusting the screen resolution and a pull-down menu for changing
the color depth. The current color depth and screen resolution
will be displayed when you open the Settings pane. Use your mouse
pointer to change your screen resolution. Go up one step in resolution
and try it for a while. Keep increasing your screen resolution
until it is to difficult to view the screen and then reduce your
screen resolution one step.
Note: Another method to get to the
Display Properties pane is to right-click on the Windows desktop
and select Properties. You can also double-click on the My
Computer icon on your desktop >> Control Panel
>> Display icon
Go slow and make one change at a time.
Test it. Go on to the next modification.
PS: the Big Kahuna
This trick is the big kahuna of getting
more from IE 4 thru IE 6. In those browsers you can enlarge the
browser to almost the entire screen. Press F11 to view Full
Screen and then you can also Auto-Hide
the menu by clicking the alternate mouse button with the pointer
somewhere on the IE menu bar. One of the options is Auto-Hide.
Click it. Now the IE menu bar will disappear until you bring the
mouse pointer over the area where the menu bar normally resides.
To take IE out of Full Screen just click F11