Easy reading text from the computer screen: some useful tips
Reading from the screen of your computer, laptop or tablet? Of course! Today, more and more people are using electronic, rather than paper and printed information from electronic books and magazines to websites, blogs and social networks. Every day through our eyes hundreds, even thousands of lines of text.
The problem, however, is that unlike a printed (or e-ink) text reading in electronic format is much more load to our eyes. Even the most advanced (and ergonomic) LCD displays after prolonged use lead to eye-fatigue and fatigue of the brain. Of course, in modern electronically dependent world it is impossible to completely avoid these harmful effects, but you can minimize that if you follow a few simple rules.
Start with the display
Calibration is the first thing you should do to improve the experience of reading the text from the screen of your device, and you do not need expensive combination of external hardware and software. If you intend to edit digital images, and you need the most accurate color reproduction, Yes, of course, you can do it only with such tools. But for daily use will come down and the options available in Windows itself.
Select «control Panel -> Display -> color Calibration» and follow the wizard software. Then with full power of ideal universal rule for good pictures: the contrast level between 70 and 80% of maximum and do not overdo it with the brightness.
The latter must be tailored to the strength and intensity of light in the room that you use for reading. It is recommended that the brightness on the screen was equal to the brightness of ambient light. If you use artificial lighting, then stick to the same principle that applies to reading from paper – if you must choose between a strong Ohm light high above you, and a weaker, but close to the monitor lamp, it is better to stay on the second option.
You should think about adjusting the color temperature of the monitor, if you are going to use your device preferred reading of the text. More warm colors with yellow and orange tones is usually less tiring on the eyes even after a long look at the monitor. In this regard, a very useful small and free programme, which we have already discussed: f.lux. Her task is precisely that – to reduce visual fatigue by auto-adjusting brightness and color temperature of your display depending on the time of day and type of content displayed on the screen.
You should also keep in mind some of the features of modern technologies for the production of displays. Today laptops and computer monitors are equipped with screens with a matte or glossy surface. Matte (or anti-reflective) displays are the best choice if you intend to use your device primarily for reading text – work with office documents and spreadsheets, viewing web pages. They reflect less light and therefore load the eye to a much lesser extent than the screens with a glossy surface.
There are a number of applications that can be used to improve the visual quality of text on your computer screen to minimize eye strain even after long hours.
For example, iReader (Firefox), Readability (Chrome) and TidyRead (Firefox) are an invaluable extension for browsers, which reduce the chaos on the web pages. Ie, instead of messy and overloaded with text is you can get a much more neat and cleaner version of the currently viewed website. So reading will be easier and less tiring.
Another addition, Reading Glasses for Chrome, allows convenient dimming of unnecessary elements on the page, leaving only necessary that nothing prevented and not distracted from reading. And the extension NoSquint for Firefox allows you to read even small text without excessive eye strain – as the name suggests, using this add-on you can quickly and easily increase the size of the characters on the page.
Also you can choose the best type and size of font. This is actually one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce eyestrain when reading text from the screen. For example, the widely used Times New Roman was developed for the London newspaper The Times. This is a great font for the newspaper, so it is logical that it is not very suitable for screen reading. Alternatives, such as Georgia or Verdana are much more appropriate because they are developed to visualize electronic text.
If you don’t want to go into your browser settings to change the default font, just increase its size. Today in most Windows applications, including all popular browsers, this is done by holding Ctrl followed by rotating the mouse wheel (or by pressing «+» on the keyboard).