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Using the Display

Dell™ Latitude™ D610 User's Guide

  Adjusting Brightness

  Switching the Video Image

  Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate

  Dual Independent Display Mode

  Swapping Primary and Secondary Displays



Adjusting Brightness

When a Dell™ computer is running on battery power, you can conserve power by setting the brightness to the lowest comfortable setting by pressing <Fn> and the up- or down-arrow key on the keyboard.

NOTE: Brightness key combinations only affect the display on your portable computer, not monitors or projectors that you attach to your portable computer or docking device. If your computer is connected to an external monitor and you try to change the brightness level, the Brightness Meter may appear, but the brightness level on the external device does not change.

You can press the following keys to adjust display brightness:


Switching the Video Image

When you start the computer with an external device (such as an external monitor or projector) attached and turned on, the image may appear on either the computer display or the external device.

Press <Fn><F8> to switch the video image between the display only, the external device only, or the display and the external device simultaneously.


Setting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate

To display a program at a specific resolution, both the graphics card and the display must support the program, and the necessary video drivers must be installed.

Before you change any of the default display settings, make a note of the default settings for future reference.

NOTE: Use only the Dell-installed video drivers, which are designed to offer the best performance with your Dell-installed operating system.

If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest supported values.

  1. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.

  2. Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.

  3. Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Display.

  4. In the Display Properties window, click the Settings tab.

  5. Try different settings for Color quality and Screen resolution.

NOTE: As the resolution increases, icons and text appear smaller on the screen.

If the video resolution setting is higher than that supported by the display, the computer enters pan mode. In pan mode, the entire screen cannot be displayed at one time. For example, the taskbar that usually appears at the bottom of the desktop may no longer be visible. To view the rest of the screen, use the touch pad or track stick to pan up, down, left, and right.

NOTICE: You can damage an external monitor by using an unsupported refresh rate. Before adjusting the refresh rate on an external monitor, see the user's guide for the monitor.

Dual Independent Display Mode

You can attach an external monitor or projector to your computer and use it as an extension of your display (known as "dual independent display" or "extended desktop" mode). This mode allows you to use both screens independently and drag objects from one screen to the other, effectively doubling the amount of viewable work space.

  1. Connect the external monitor, TV, or projector to the computer.

  2. Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.

  3. Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Display.

  4. In the Display Properties window, click the Settings tab.

NOTE: If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest supported values. For more information, see your operating system documentation.
  1. Click the monitor 2 icon, click the Extend my Windows desktop... check box, and then click Apply.

  2. Change Screen Area to the appropriate sizes for both displays and click Apply.

  3. If prompted to restart the computer, click Apply the new color setting without restarting and click OK.

  4. If prompted, click OK to resize your desktop.

  5. If prompted, click Yes to keep the settings.

  6. Click OK to close the Display Properties window.

To disable dual independent display mode:

  1. Click the Settings tab in the Display Properties window.

  2. Click the monitor 2 icon, uncheck the Extend my Windows desktop... option, and then click Apply.

If necessary, press <Fn><F8> to bring the screen image back to the computer display.


Swapping Primary and Secondary Displays

To swap your primary and secondary display designations (for example, to use your external monitor as your primary display after docking):

  1. Click the Start button and click Control Panel.

  2. Under Pick a category, click Appearance and Themes.

  3. Under Pick a task..., click the area you want to change, or under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Display.

  4. Click the Settings tab® Advanced® Displays tab.

See the documentation that came with your video card for additional information.


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