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Calibrate your display
What is Display Color Calibration?
Calibrating your display helps to ensure that colors are represented accurately on your monitor. In Windows, you can use Display Color Calibration to calibrate your display. Before starting Display Color Calibration, make sure that your display is set to its native resolution. This helps to improve the accuracy of the resulting calibration. For more information about determining the native resolution for a display and setting the screen resolution, see Change your screen resolution.

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If you have a display calibration device that came with other software, consider using the color measurement device with the accompanying software instead of Display Color Calibration. Using the calibration device with the accompanying calibration software that often comes with it can help you get the best color on your display. In general, using a color measurement instrument to calibrate your display will result in a better calibration compared to the results of doing a visual calibration (which is done in Display Color Calibration). Display Color Calibration is not available in Windows Server 2008 R2.

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To start Display Color Calibration
1. Click to open Display Color Calibration. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

2. In Display Color Calibration, click Next to continue.

Use Display Color Calibration to adjust color settings
Display Color Calibration improves your display color by enabling you to change different color settings. After you adjust the different color settings using Display Color Calibration, you will have a new calibration that contains your new color settings. The new calibration will be associated with your screen display and used by color-managed programs. The color settings that you can change, as well as how you change those color settings, depend on your monitor's display and its capabilities. Not all monitors have the same color capabilities and settings, so you might not be able to change all the different color settings when using Display Color Calibration.

To get an accurate calibration, we recommended that you set the basic color settings on your screen display before you continue. This ensures that you have a good starting point when you begin to calibrate your screen display using Display Color Calibration.

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click Next to continue without modifying any color settings at this time. and then set your display to sRGB. press the Menu button. Good gamma mshelp://windows/?id=27a2764a-ad05-4a52-96f4-eac32ae3c9e1 7/12/2013 . On the How to adjust gamma page. 2. drag the on-screen slider so that the small dot in the middle of each circle vanishes. but you can select a color temperature (also called a white point).Calibrate your display Page 2 of 5 1. With the Set basic color settings page in view. If you can't set the color mode on your display. follow the instructions and look at the sample images that appear. If you can't set one or more of the color settings on your display because the setting isn't shown in the on-screen display menu. and then click Next: { Locate the color menu that lets you specify the color mode.2. On the Adjust gamma page. which also appear on the front edge of many monitors. The menu and monitor buttons vary by model and manufacturer. If you can’t locate any of these settings. which is found on the front edge of many monitors. Press the monitor buttons. to navigate through the on-screen menu and adjust the different settings for your screen display. { { Gamma describes the relationship between the digital input value and the intensity of the light that's emitted from the display. An on-screen menu will appear. Check the documentation that came with your monitor to learn how to use the buttons for your particular display. On the Set basic color settings page. you can adjust gamma by using a sample image that displays different circles. In Display Color Calibration. Set gamma to 2. and then click Next. which is the default setting. set the color temperature to D65 (or 6500). and then choose that option. use the monitor buttons to navigate through the on-screen menu to verify (or adjust) one or more of the following settings (depending on your specific display). 2. { Locate the menu to set gamma. 1. locate a setting in the on-screen display menu that allows you to reset your display to the factory default color settings. Click Next to continue.

look at the sample images. On the Find the brightness and contrast controls for your display page. { { When adjusting the brightness. Locate the Brightness setting. and click Next. and then adjust the brightness. outlines. often you can adjust the brightness by holding down the Fn key. see Adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast. 4. By adjusting the brightness for your display. adjust the brightness by doing one of the following. and then set the contrast to the highest setting. If you're using a laptop. With the Adjust brightness page in view. On the How to adjust brightness page. locate the contrast control. and then pressing the corresponding function key to increase ( ) or decrease ( ) the brightness of the display. Set the contrast by doing one of the following. If your monitor has a Brightness button on the front of it. and other details in the darker images. { Press the Menu button on the front edge of your monitor. you can make sure that dark colors appear accurately. depending on the type of monitor: { If you're calibrating an LCD monitor. If you see a large X in the background above the person's shoulder. { 3. 1. locate the brightness and contrast controls for your particular display. An on-screen menu will appear.Calibrate your display Page 3 of 5 Brightness determines how dark colors and shadows appear on your display. increase or decrease the brightness until you can distinguish the shirt from the suit in the picture. Good brightness mshelp://windows/?id=27a2764a-ad05-4a52-96f4-eac32ae3c9e1 7/12/2013 . black colors appear light and gray. If brightness is set too high. For more information about finding the brightness control for different displays. and then click Next. and then click Next. depending on your monitor's display and its capabilities. while still being able to see shadows. lower the brightness until the X disappears. press the Brightness button. If you're calibrating a CRT monitor. set the contrast to the default factory setting (if it's not already set to the default setting). 2.

An on-screen menu will appear. adjust the contrast by doing one of the following. 2. If your monitor has a Contrast button on the front of it. On the How to adjust color balance page. { When adjusting the contrast. With the Adjust contrast page in view. drag the red. mshelp://windows/?id=27a2764a-ad05-4a52-96f4-eac32ae3c9e1 7/12/2013 . and blue on-screen sliders until the gray bars appear as neutral gray colors without any color cast. make sure that the gray bars appear as neutral gray colors without any color cast. look at the sample images that appear. depending on your monitor's display and its capabilities. and click Next. and then click Next. and adjust the contrast.Calibrate your display Page 4 of 5 Contrast determines how white and light colors appear and ensures that highlights in images are displayed accurately on your display. 1. press the Contrast button. green. Note z There are usually no controls for adjusting the contrast on a laptop display. 1. Click Next to continue. Good contrast For more information about finding the contrast controls for different displays. set the contrast as high as it will go without losing the ability to see the buttons and wrinkles on the person's shirt in the picture. On the How to adjust the contrast page. and then click Next. Locate the Contrast setting. On the Adjust color balance page. see Adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast. { Press the Menu button on the front edge of your monitor. Adjust the color balance to avoid seeing any color cast in images on your display. Color cast causes colors in images to appear incorrectly. When adjusting the color balance. 2. look at the sample images that appear.

Do one of the following. On the You've successfully created a new calibration page. This will help to make sure that text appears clearly with your new calibration.Calibrate your display Page 5 of 5 Good color balance After you've changed settings in Display Color Calibration. 2. click Finish. depending on which calibration you want to use: { To use the new calibration. { 4. and then choose the calibration that looks best to you. see What is the ClearType Text Tuner? Was this helpful? Yes No Somewhat Read the privacy statement online mshelp://windows/?id=27a2764a-ad05-4a52-96f4-eac32ae3c9e1 7/12/2013 . For more information about the ClearType Text Tuner. 1. click Current calibration to see your new display calibration after using Display Color Calibration. you can compare your new current calibration to your previous one. (Optional) Select the Start ClearType Tuner when I click Finish to ensure that text appears correctly (Recommended) check box if you want the ClearType Text Tuner to open after you click Finish. You might notice that the two calibrations are quite similar. click Cancel. click Previous calibration to see your display calibration before using Display Color Calibration. 3. To use the previous calibration. On the You've successfully created a new calibration page.

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