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Wizard to Adjust the Display Colors in Windows 7

These days we have a richness of color in what we display on our computers. Mega-pixel photos and high-definition video are among the things that put a high demand on the computer display. Correct color calibration is more important than ever and Windows 7 comes with a new tool for making display colors look better.

Display Color Calibration Wizard in Windows 7

This utility helps you to calibrate your screen using your monitor’s display controls as well as various Windows settings. With Display Color Calibration, you can configure gamma, brightness, contrast, color balance, and other settings, all of which are explained in the on-screen descriptions.

One way to open Display Color Calibration is from Control Panel-Appearance and Personalization-Display. A quicker way is to type “dccw” (without quotes) in the Start menu search box and press Enter. Display Color Calibration opens as a full-screen application that leads you through various steps of adjusting your display. A partial screenshot of one of the settings is shown in the figure below.

Display Color Calibration Wizard in Windows 7

If you have a graphics processor from a manufacturer like Nvidia or ATI, you may also have display controls provided by the manufacturer. This wizard can be used in conjunction with these controls.

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by SaganGathering at yahoo dot com (not verified) on 20. February 2012 - 8:30  (89081)

This so did not work on my laptop. Windows never works for diddly.

The fail started at Gamma. Those little balls are suposed to vanish when you get the slider to optimal position. Well they never ever did, regardless of setting.

by chesscanoe (not verified) on 15. February 2011 - 16:50  (66487)

This works great on my primary 1920x1200 digital and secondary 1600x1200 analog monitor, under Windows 7 Pro x64. The gamma adjustment was particularly useful to me.

by DeniseH (not verified) on 15. February 2011 - 16:36  (66486)

Still learning about Windows 7. Thanks for this tip. Didn't even know windows 7 had this.

by Sam UK (not verified) on 15. February 2011 - 14:49  (66478)

That's indeed a very helpful post. Thanks for sharing... :)

by Chris McCarthy (not verified) on 15. February 2011 - 14:36  (66475)

Brilliant ... thank you.
Very helpful indeed.

by kebsojourner (not verified) on 11. February 2011 - 14:45  (66190)

Would love to be able to calibrate as when I print images the colors from the printer don't match what I see on the screen but when I try to use this wizard I get an error message telling me that because my display is mirrored I cannot use the wizard. Why is my screen mirrored? How do I proceed? As you can tell I'm not exactly a geek...

by v.laurie on 11. February 2011 - 15:07  (66192)

Specific questions about individual setups are best directed to one of the forums where you can get more detailed help from an assortment of experts. Sign in there and post your question. It sounds like Windows thinks you are using multiple monitors.